Administration and Supervision:

Seek Multiple Perspectives

Breadcrumb trail:

Uncover and experience the perspectives of children, families, and colleagues.

When your work is informed by multiple perspectives, you have richer experiences, build stronger relationships, and deepen mutual understandings. Listening to others who have different perspectives can nudge you to reconsider your daily practice and worldview, and recognize and challenge your biases. They can also lead to shared inquiry. Finding areas in which you can collaborate with others is a great way to uncover and experience different perspectives. With CompSAT by your side, you may be inspired to seek the perspectives of the children, families, and colleagues in your program and beyond.

Two teachers discussing issues outside.

As an administrator or supervisor, part of your job is to foster positive relationships among the staff, so that they can collaboratively engage in the teaching and learning process with children. This involves continually giving value to the different perspectives each brings to working within your program's philosophy and core values. Exploring your individual communication styles is a good place to start. Understanding similarities and differences in how you communicate can be a source of new insights and appreciation, rather than judgment.

Try This!

(Adapted from Carter and Curtis, "The Visionary Director," 2nd edition, 2010.)

  • What are some of the challenges you face in facilitating, and helping staff negotiate, the differences in style among themselves and with the families you serve?

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

Deepen Your Understanding

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies

Deepen your understanding of tPerformance Area 2, Topics: Communication between and among staff and colleagues and Conflict resolution between and among staff and colleagues in of the CA ECE Competencies. Scroll to page 110.

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

Read the article "Does Your View of Conflict Get In Your Way?" by Edree Allen-Agbro.