Environments play a significant role in the learning process.
The early childhood experience involves planning for a variety of environments. The physical environment may be the first one that comes to mind. But the social, intellectual, and emotional environments are equally important and critical to children's overall well being. Remember that the environment — in all of its aspects — is our partner in providing high quality early childhood programs.
How does leadership get reflected in an organization's physical and cultural environment? In large part this is expressed through a shared vision and the core values a leader brings to life in everyday practice.
Take time to look at expressions of your leadership in your organization's environment.
Is what you value evident on the walls, in your communications, and decision making?
Draw a sketch, create a display, or presentation slides that shows examples of this.
Think of a time when you challenged the status quo by advocating for a change in interpreting the intent of a regulation or standard regarding the physical environment or organizational culture.
Use one of the templates to describe an example of advocacy action you took with someone like the fire marshal or licensor, a board of directors, or professional organization.