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Leadership Initiative Events

Throughout the year, a variety of events are offered to the membership to encourage networking, collaborations and learning experiences among peers. We offer a Speaker Series, Leadership Panel Discussions and a myriad of workshops to inspire considerations on leadership in early childhood education.

Upcoming events on this page are limited to our publicly advertised events. Member-only events such as Networking events and Book Group discussions will only appear in the "Past Events" section.

Upcoming Events

Book Group "Latina Empowerment Through Leadership"

In "Latina Empowerment Through Leadership", 8 women of color come together to share stories, untold secrets and life lessons about what it truly means to be a mindful leader. Thoughout these pages, you'll hear from women:

  • * Who have found self-love in the darkest of times,
  • * Who have built business and failed before they found success,
  • * Who have started over after broken relationships,
  • * and who have fought tirelessly to build a life they love.

Facilitated discussion of leadership books
Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to discuss leadership publications and resources and are facilitated by committed professionals, dedicated to deepening the dialogue and illuminating the key messages​

Please register for a Book Group, as there is limited space.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, November 30th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, December 7th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Self Care for Early Childhood Leaders

The Western NY Early Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Leadership Panel Discussion. Each session focuses on a different aspect of leadership in Early Childhood Education and features a moderated panel discussion with a diverse group of professionals.

This session is desgined to to support Early Childhood Leaders in self-care. Join us for an evening with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Our distinguished panel of leaders include:

  • Tami Best
  • Jehrin Calhoun
  • Ruth O’Connor
  • Sheila Tumiel 

Wednesday, November 10th 2021

WNY Famiy/Group Family Networking

As a member of the WNY Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in WNY.

Meetings will be scheudled for the last Thursday of the month. Please note that November will be a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sessions Available
Thursday, October 28th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, November 18th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, December 30th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Past Events

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

A professional learning community of early childhood leaders interested in reflecting on and learning about cultivating resilience in themselves and others. This learning community features the book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar.

September 2021-September 2022

Sessions Available Between Wednesday, September 29th 2021 and Wednesday, September 28th 2022

Registration Closed

Book Group" "Graceful Leadership" by Ann McClain Terrell

You heard Ann Terrell Speak on Graceful Leadership. Now join the WNY Leadership Initiative and your colleagues in a book group discussion focusing on the book "Graceful Leadership in the Early Childhood Education".

Facilitated discussion of leadership books
Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to discuss leadership publications and resources and are facilitated by committed professionals, dedicated to deepening the dialogue and illuminating the key messages​

Please register for a Book Group, as there is limited space.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, September 14th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 28th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration Closed

WNY Leadership Initiative Networking

As a member of the WNY Leadership Initiative you are invited to join our networking meetings. Come network with your peers. Meeting topics are driven by your questions and needs. Participants will send questions in advance of the meeting or come to the meetings with questions, strategies and resources to share, or an interest in listening and learning from others' experiences.  This is a space to share stories, strategies, feelings, ideas, resources, and words of encouragement about leading an early childhood program in WNY.

Sessions Available Between Thursday, August 5th 2021 and Thursday, August 19th 2021

Introduction to the Revised Early Learning Guidelines- for Leaders

The Institute is hosting a professional development offering: Introduction to the Revised New York State Early Learning Guidelines: A Child Development Resource for Educators of Children Ages Birth Through Eight. These sessions are designed specifically for Directors and other leaders of early childhood programs. This professional development session will provide an overview of the shifts within this new and improved version of the New York State Early Learning Guidelines. A specific focus will be provided on utilizing this resource as a leader in your program and supporting its use among your staff. 

Choose one of the session dates and times that works for you. 

Sessions Available Between Monday, July 19th 2021 and Tuesday, August 31st 2021

Registration Closed

Ann McClain Terrell: Leadership Journeys in Early Childhood Education

Join us for a Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring:

Ann McClain Terrell
Author Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education
President, NAEYC Governing Board
and former Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation Inc.

Admission is free for this virtual event!

Wednesday June 30, 2021 5:30pm-7:00pm

*We will have a capacity of 300 for this event. Waitlist is available. Priority registration give to individuals in Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, as well as the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions.

Wednesday, June 30th 2021

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 9: Enrollment

Join us for a discussion of the ninth chapter, From Survive to Thrive.

Wednesday, June 23rd 2021

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 16th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 9 Enrollment

Wednesday, June 16th 2021, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

"Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential."

"When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work."

"But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start."

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to explore and discuss issues in early childhood and in leadership-deepening the dialogue and considering key messages in their work.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, June 8th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 15th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 8: Families

Join us for a webinar discussion of the eight chapter, From Survive to Thrive: Families.

Wednesday, May 26th 2021

Registration Closed

Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling

Join us for this special two-part Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring Abby Thorman.

"Making Impact: Strengthen Your Voice, Your Message, and Your Story-telling"

As professionals and leaders we have responsibility to use our experience and knowledge to inform and influence others about appropriate practices and the needs of the early childhood field (Core Body of Knowledge 6.6).
Abby will explore and help attendees understand the skills and components of effective storytelling for early childhood advocacy. Part 1 on May 26th will cover crafting effective messages, using those messages for advocacy, and strategies to achieve power in numbers. Join us again on June 3rd in an interactive session with Abby to hone those message-making skills with opportunities for feedback and strategizing.

Sessions Available
Wednesday, May 26th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 3rd | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, May 19th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 8 Families

Wednesday, May 19th 2021, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

WNY Leadership Initiative Networking: May and June 2021

Networking meetings bring together leaders in the WNY area to discuss leadership topics, share ideas, concerns and suggestions with peers. Currently network meetings are held virtually through zoom. Meetings are held bi-weekly (twice a month). One meeting will be an open format to discuss the needs of the group, the other meeting will feature a guest facilitator, to discuss a specific topic.  If you are interested, please sign up, a zoom link will be sent by email closer to the networking dates.

Sessions Available
Monday, May 3rd | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monday, May 17th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monday, June 7th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monday, June 21st | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood: Putting your Equity Stance into Practice

At this virtual Leadership Panel Discussion, we will hear from a moderated panel of early childhood professionals and leaders about their work to create equitable environments for children in early childhood settings. This panel will allow participants to dive into what it means to truly have an equity stance. Come and be inspired to hear from our panelists to see how you can put your equity stance into practice. Participants will be encouraged to set a goal to work towards advancing equity in early childhood education.

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion! 

Thursday, April 29th 2021

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 7: Staffing

Join us for a webinar discussion of the seventh  chapter From Survive to Thrive: Staffing.

Wednesday, April 28th 2021

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, April 21st

Survive to Thrive Chapter 7 Staffing

Wednesday, April 21st 2021, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

A New Administration for Early Childhood: Key Players, Policies and Opportunities

The NY Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present a Leadership Speaker Series event in our 2021 series. This event is co-hosted virtually by the NYC, Western NY, and Long Island regional Leadership Initiative chapters. Grace Reef, President of Early Learning Policy, will explore and help attendees to consider what is on the horizon for early childhood education with the new federal administration. Who are the key players? How will priorities shift with this new leadership and in response to COVID? What are the opportunities for change, innovation, and advocacy? What can you do as leaders in early childhood education?

Thursday, March 25th 2021

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 6: Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Join us for a webinar discussion of the sixth chapter From Survive to Thrive: Observation, Assessment, and Documentation.

Wednesday, March 24th 2021

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, March 17th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 6 Observation, Assessment, and Documentation

Wednesday, March 17th 2021, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

WNY Leadership Initiative Networking March and April 2021

Networking meetings bring together leaders in the WNY area to discuss leadership topics, share ideas, concerns and suggestions with peers. Currently network meetings are held virtually through zoom. Meetings are held bi-weekly (twice a month). One meeting will be an open format to discuss the needs of the group, the other meeting will feature a guest facilitator, to discuss a specific topic.  If you are interested, please sign up, a zoom link will be sent by email closer to the networking dates.

Sessions Available
Monday, March 8th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monday, March 22nd | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Thursday, April 8th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monday, April 19th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration Closed

Lead From The Outside by Stacey Abrams

"Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and yourself—that you are capable of taking charge and achieving more requires insight and courage."  
"Lead from the Outside discusses candidly what Stacey has learned over the course of her impressive career in politics, business and the nonprofit world: that differences in race, gender, and class provide vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and create real and lasting change."

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to explore and discuss issues in early childhood and in leadership-- deepening the dialogue and considering key messages in their work.

Book Group will run on both nights March 4th and March 11th 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Each registered participant will be mailed a copy of the book.

Sessions Available
Thursday, March 4th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, March 11th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, April 8th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 5: Program Curriculum

Join us for a webinar discussion of the fifth chapter of From Survive to Thrive: Program Curriculum

Wednesday, February 24th 2021

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, February 17th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 5 Program Curriculum

Wednesday, February 17th 2021, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

WNY Leadership Initiative- February Networking Meetings

Networking meetings bring together leaders in the WNY area to discuss leadership topics, share ideas, concerns and suggestions with peers. Currently network meetings are held virtually through zoom. Meetings are held bi-weekly (twice a month). One meeting will be an open format to discuss the needs of the group, the other meeting will feature a guest facilitator, to discuss a specific topic.  If you are interested, please sign up, a zoom link will be sent by email closer to the networking dates.

 

 

Sessions Available
Monday, February 8th | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Monday, February 22nd | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 4: Budget and Finances

Join us for a webinar discussion of the forth chapter of From Survive to Thrive: Budget and Finances

Wednesday, January 27th 2021

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, January 20th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 4: Budget and Finances

Wednesday, January 20th 2021, 1:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality

Join us for a webinar discussion of the third chapter of From Survive to Thrive: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality.

Wednesday, December 23rd 2020

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, December 16th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality

Wednesday, December 16th 2020, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 2: Program Context and Culture

Join us for a webinar discussion of the second chapter of From Survive to Thrive: Program Context and Culture

Wednesday, December 2nd 2020

Registration Closed

Virtual Film Screening and Discussion “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope"

The Western NY Regional Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present a film screening and discussion, featuring the film "Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope."  The event will include a screening of the film followed by a interactive discussion with Tim Hathaway, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York. This event is co-hosted by the regional Leadership Initiatives of New York CityWestern NY, and Long Island. The event will be hosted live over Zoom, the Zoom link will be provided at a later date.

Wednesday, November 18th 2020

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, November 18th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 2: Program Context and Culture

Wednesday, November 18th 2020, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton

How Full Is Your Bucket? reveals how even the briefest interactions affect your relationships, productivity, health, and longevity. Organized around a simple metaphor of a dipper and a bucket, and grounded in 50 years of research, this book will show you how to greatly increase the positive moments in your work and your life -- while reducing the negative.

Filled with discoveries, powerful strategies, and engaging stories, How Full Is Your Bucket? is sure to inspire lasting changes and has all the makings of a timeless classic.

Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to discuss leadership publications and resources and are facilitated by committed professionals, dedicated to deepening the dialogue and illuminating the key messages​

Book Group will run on both nights November 16th and 23rd.

You will need to come and pick up your book at the Child Care Resource Network. Further information will be sent to you after you register.

Sessions Available
Monday, November 16th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, November 23rd | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration Closed

Discussion for Survive to Thrive Chapter 1: What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

Join us for a webinar discussion of the first chapter of From Survive to Thrive:What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

Wednesday, October 28th 2020

Registration Closed
Survive to Thrive Webinar, October 21st

Survive to Thrive Chapter 1: What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

Wednesday, October 21st 2020, 12:30pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Registration Closed

Virtual Panel Discussion "Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Developing a Trauma-Informed Approach to Your Leadership"

This virtual panel will present diverse perspectives on developing a trauma-informed lens in leading your early childhood program and supporting your program staff.  We will learn from the experiences and perspectives of a trauma systems therapy trainer, Early Childhood program director, social worker and behavioral specialist, and an assistant professor in human development and education. Our panelists will also share their career pathways and what has led them to this work. Attendees will walk away with important considerations and strategies for leadership, program culture, trauma-informed care, and resiliency in caring for staff, children and families.

Tuesday, September 29th 2020

Registration Closed

Lessons in Leadership, Race, and Gender: An Interview with Melodie Baker

In an interview moderated by Sherry Cleary, University Dean of Early Childhood Initiatives and Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, Melodie Baker will share her experience as a black female education leader and advocate.  She will share her factors to success, navigating challenges, and balancing family and work.

Melodie Baker has spent her career working to advance education opportunities for disadvantaged students. Prior to joining Just Equations she was the director of education at United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Melodie Chairs and Co-Chairs various national, state and local coalitions including, Erie Niagara Birth-8, Raising New York, and The Coalition for Community Schools. In 2014, she co-founded the first inquiry-based school in Western New York, The Charter School of Inquiry to build on an early learning program she implemented earlier in her career as assistant director for a Head Start.  Her work in education has led to several noteworthy appointments such as being selected to serve on Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining Education Advisory Council and leading the research and evaluation for Rockefeller Institute of Government’s First 1000 Day’s on Medicaid initiative headed by the New York State Department of Health. In 2019, Baker was the first African American to run for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 27th Congressional District.

Tuesday, August 4th 2020

Registration Closed

Book Group: Virtual Podcast Edition

This month we will launch our second book group using a podcast format.  We will engage in a two-part discussion on Himama podcasts.  Links to the episodes of the Himama podcast that we will discuss in each session are listed below.

Sessions Available
Monday, July 13th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Monday, July 20th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Cultivating Emotional Resilience

Elena Aguilar will explore high leverage strategies that anyone can use to build their resilience, as well as the resilience of others. Attendees will understand how to use these strategies and why they are so effective, particularly in times of crisis and change. 

Elena Aguilar is the Founder and President of Bright Morning Consulting. She has trained trained thousands of educators in transformational coaching. Elena’s expertise derives from twenty five years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and leadership coach working in diverse school environments. She is the author of four highly acclaimed books: The Art of Coaching, (2013) and The Art of Coaching Teams, (2016) Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators (2018) and the Onward Workbook (2018), and the forthcoming Coaching for Equity (August 2020). She is a regular contributor to Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership, and she was a blogger for EdWeek Teacher for many years.
 

Monday, June 29th 2020

Registration Closed

Virtual Dine & Discuss "Leadership During a Time of Crisis"

This virtual panel, “Leadership During a Time of Crisis”, moderated by Sherry Cleary, Executive Director of the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, will focus on the many qualities and considerations for effective leadership in a time of crisis. We will learn from the experiences and perspectives of a former CEO of a social service non-profit, a licensed child development mental health expert and play therapist, a social worker and FEMA crisis master trainer, and an executive director of a child care program. Attendees will walk away with important considerations and strategies for leadership, trauma-informed care, building resiliency, crisis management and coping, and planning for change. 

 

 
 

 

Thursday, May 28th 2020

Registration Closed

Book Group: "Graceful Leadership" by Ann McClain Terrell

You heard Ann Terrell Speak on Graceful Leadership. Now join the Buffalo Leadership Initiative and your colleagues in a book group discussion on Graceful Leadership in the Early Childhood Education.

Facilitated discussion of leadership books
Book groups present an opportunity for members to gather to discuss leadership publications and resources and are facilitated by committed professionals, dedicated to deepening the dialogue and illuminating the key messages​

Please register for a Book Group Cohort, as there is limited space.

Sessions Available
Tuesday, February 25th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 26th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tuesday, March 10th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 11th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Child Care Resource Network
1000 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo,NY 14216

Registration Closed

Ann McClain Terrell: Leadership Journeys in Early Childhood Education

Join us for our first Leadership Speaker Series event, featuring:

Ann McClain Terrell
Author Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education
And Executive Director of the
Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation

Admission is free for members of the Leadership Initiative

Thursday, January 16th 2020

Buffalo History Museum
1 Museum Ct
Buffalo,NY 14216

Registration Closed

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About Goals

Your goals describe specific areas that you are working on (or plan to work on) to improve or maintain the quality of your program. Goals connect your quality improvement work to the QUALITY standards and your rating and allow you to schedule and prioritize chunks of work in your progranm. Goals group together and organize related action items (tasks) and provide a narrative framework to keep you, your program, your QIM and Central Office on the same page.

Goal Scope and Scale

You have a lot of flexibility in developing QI Goals, but some rules of thumb help keep Goals useful, readable, and manageable:

  • Time: A Goal should be achievable roughly within a rating cycle, If you are struggling to put even an estimated end date on a Goal, it may be too broad. Ideally, several Goals will fit (with some overlap) within a rating cycle.
  • Standards: A Goal should roughly fit within a standard subcategory. This is flexible, of course, but if your Goal is spanning multiple standard categories, it may be too broad.
  • A Goal may be too small if it can be accomplished in one or two small steps.
  • A Goal may be too broad if you can't define concisely how you will know when it is complete.
Goal Label

The goal label is simply a brief title that allows you to distinguish this goal from others in a list or report. The more robust description of the Goal comes in the Goal statement below.

Think of it like naming a file on your computer so that later you can recognize it. This label will appear on your goal as a "title" along with your Goal statement, as well as being the identifier in drop-down or selection lists for viewing/using Goals.

Goal Statement

What is your goal?

Goal Rationale / Inspiration

Where did this goal come from? What in your rating and/or conversations about the program led to the development of this Goal? Why is this particular area of quality improvement a priority?

Quality Impact

How will the quality of the program improve? What will be different about the way the program works, looks and feels? How will children, families, the director and staff experience the program differently?

Goal Activity Summary

Summarize / brainstorm the actions you think you'll need to take to accomplish this goal. You'll be defining specific action items as you go, but record the big picture here. What practices will need to change? Who will need to be involved? What will need to be purchased? What training/coaching will be needed?

Goal Existing Resources

What existing strengths and resources will help this goal be successful?

Goal Barriers

What factors, events or concerns might prevent you from accomplishing this goal? If you've attempted to make these changes in the past, what barriers arose and prevented you from following through? What resources or information could help you overcome these barriers and accomplish this goal?

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