Administration and Supervision:

Turn Questions Into Action

Breadcrumb trail:

Improve your daily practice and enrich your experiences.

Action is the test of what you know and can do. It is where you see the results of reflection and self-assessment. The CompSAT protocol, Keys to Reflection and Inquiry, is designed to help you formulate good questions, pursue inquiry, and take action to improve your daily practice. The results of your actions provide evidence of your professional growth, and hopefully, spur you on to generate more questions and take further action. Action and reflection are essential to the processes of growth and change.

A day care director discussing details with a teacher.

How could you move beyond the everyday challenges of managing an early childhood program and take some bold steps to expand the experience of quality described above in the "Imagine a Program" presentation? Below are two options to explore.

Try This!

Join with other family childcare providers or centers to set up a shared services alliance for handing more of your business functions. Read "Searching for Innovators" by Margie Carter.

  • What aspect of a shared services alliance is most appealing to you?
  • List others with whom you might explore this idea.
  • What are your three next steps in forming an alliance?

Redefine training or professional development by adding a part time pedagogical leader position to your staff. Hire a person who can guide staff in studying their documentation and plan from their observations. Read "Growing a Culture of Inquiry" by Ann Pelo.

  • What aspect of professional development, with ongoing pedagogical leadership, is most appealing to you?
  • List others with whom you might explore this idea.
  • What are your three next steps in moving toward including pedagogical leadership?

Use this template to record your observations, thoughts, and feelings.  Download the Template

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Consider a source of inspiration found in the Topic: Continuous program improvement in Performance Area 3 of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 111.

Can you find other places in this competency area that address your interests and needs?

Download the California ECE Competencies

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Extend Your Learning

If you are ready to move into developing a fuller action plan, use the worksheet "Assessing Your Systems, Policies, and Allocation of Resources" to guide your planning.