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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.

This page currently only lists publicly advertised events, and may not be complete. Member-only events such as Networking events and Book Group discussions do not currently appear.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

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

The NY 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 | 4:00pm - 5:45pm

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 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Survive to Thrive Webinar, September 23rd

Survive to Thrive Chapter 9: Enrollment

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, August 12th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 8: Working with Families

Wednesday, August 12th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

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 | 10:00am - 11:00am

Survive to Thrive Webinar, July 15th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 7: Staffing

Wednesday, July 15th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

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 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Podcast Discussion: Unlocking Us Podcast by Brene Brown

Our Podcast Discussion.

Here's the link to the podcast!

Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us: https://brenebrown.com/unlockingus/

  • Session 1: Monday, June 15th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Session 2: Tuesday, June 23rd | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Session 3: Thursday, July 23rd | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Survive to Thrive Webinar, June 10th

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

Wednesday, June 10th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

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 | 9:30am - 11:00am

Survive to Thrive Webinar, May 6th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 5: Program Curriculum

Wednesday, May 6th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, April 8th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 4: Budget and Finances

Wednesday, April 8th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, March 11th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 3: Achieving and Maintaining Program Quality

Wednesday, March 11th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman

Join us for a discussion of the book:

Unconscious Bias in Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism
by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman

  • Session 1: Monday, February 24th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Session 2: Monday, March 9th | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Survive to Thrive Webinar, February 5th

Survive to Thrive Chapter 2: Program Context and Culture

Wednesday, February 5th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Survive to Thrive Webinar, January 8th

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

Wednesday, January 8th 2020, 2:00pm

Read more about our Survive to Thrive Series

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood: Who is leading and toward what?

At this Dine and Discuss, 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. Participants will be encouraged to set a goal to work towards advancing equity in early childhood education.

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking

Thursday, December 5th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CUNY SPS
119 W 31st Street
New York,NY 10001

Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams (2nd group)

  • Session 1: Monday, November 4th | 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Session 2: Monday, November 18th | 12:00am - 12:00am

Self Care for Early Childhood Leaders

This session is desgined to start the school year off right. Join us for an evening with self-care professionals and learn ways to nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking

Wednesday, September 18th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CUNY Graduate Center

Manhattan,NY

Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams (1st group)

  • Session 1: Monday, September 9th | 12:00am - 12:00am
  • Session 2: Monday, October 7th | 12:00am - 12:00am

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander

  • Session 1: Monday, July 15th | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Session 2: Monday, July 29th | 12:00am - 12:00am

Transitioning from Public to Private and Private to Public Sector Positions

Join us for an evening with leaders from the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Each leader will discuss the transition from the private, not-for-profit sector to working for public agencies or vice versa.

Join us for a light dinner, great speakers, and networking!

Thursday, May 9th 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CUNY School of Professional Studies
119 W 31st Street,NY 10001

New Ways of Thinking for Early Childhood Leaders: What Behavioral Science Can Teach Us

The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Winter event.

Anthony Barrows
Managing Director, ideas42
Come hear what behavioral science is and how it works, and more importantly, learn effective ways to encourage colleagues, staff, and families to turn their best intentions into action.

Friday, February 22nd 2019 | 8:30am - 10:00am

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
Room: Skylight Room
New York,NY 10001

The Future of NYC's Early Childhood Agenda: Implications for Leadership

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. 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. Join us for an evening with leaders from the NYC Department of Education, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Administration for Children's Services. Each city agency will share their vision and mission for early childhood education and its leadership.

Tuesday, October 23rd 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm


New York,NY

John King: The Equity Imperative in Early Childhood Education

The NYC Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the 2018-19 Leadership Speaker Series' Fall event.

John King
President and CEO
Education Trust
(Past United States Secretary of Education)

Wednesday, September 26th 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am


Manhattan,NY

Transformation in the Context of Transition

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is proud to present the next event in our Dine and Discuss Series. Join us for an evening thinking about "Transformation in the Context of Transition" as our Dine and Discuss panel will speak to the courage and grace it takes to assess our careers, face change and transform our lives.

Wednesday, June 27th 2018


New York,NY

Leadership Speaker Series: Ann McClain Terrell

Join us for a conversation with Ann McClain Terrell, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation and author of Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Monday, April 30th 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
Room: Skylight Room
New York,NY 10016

Pathways to Leadership

This session features local early childhood leaders speaking about their own pathway          

Tuesday, February 13th 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Teach for America - NY
25 Broadway
Room: 12th Floor
New York,NY 10004

Leadership Speaker Series: Anne Douglass

The Early Childhood Leadership Initiative is launching its Leadership Speaker Series. The series is designed for individuals in leadership and policy-making roles wherever children are served. Join us for our inaugural speaker, Join us for a conversation with Anne Douglass, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Executive Director at the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of Leading for Change in Early Care and Education: Cultivating Leadership from Within.

Wednesday, January 24th 2018 | 8:30am - 10:00am

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Avenue
Room: Skylight Room
New York,NY 10016