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Leadership Connections 2010 – Preconference Seminar: Consultation & Change Management

Posted on: May 12, 2010

Today was a great introduction to the world of professional early childhood consultation. I have learned about so many great tools and resources.

My first Leadership Connections session was a pre-conference seminar: Consultation and Change Management, facilitated by Patricia Reinhardt and Anne Mead of Connecticut.

It was enlightening to learn about the structures and real intentionality that have gone into developing standards and practices for early childhood consultation.  Anyone who is interested in starting consultation should seek out these resources – there is much more to it than I knew.  This is not to say that I thought there was nothing to it, but a lot of professionals have put a lot of thought into really developing organized and ethical practices for consultants in ECE.  This is encouraging for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s always great when a group of people care enough about a topic to develop intentionality about the way it is handled.

2. There are guides for practitioners who are interested in pursuing early childhood consultation as a career direction.  Guides that are aligned with the NAEYC Code of Ethics.

I think the best thing about the session (besides being well-presented and engaging) is that they offered so many practical tools for consultants, such as a basic guide for assessing the culture of an organization, and the frameworks for understanding system structures and methods for communicating with consultation clients.

This was a good start to what I’m expecting to be a great conference.  Stay tuned for more!

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