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Early Learning Instructional Leadership Development

The Flamingo Early Learning Instructional Leadership Development Program is a multi-faceted approach that systematically builds the instructional leadership capacity of early childhood program leaders. Throughout this 30-hour interactive experience, program leaders practice job-embedded strategies for facilitating collaborative Professional Learning Communities, also known as Communities of Practice, with teachers. 

Instructional leadership topics include: 

  • Becoming an instructional leader in early childhood education
  • Supporting teachers in curriculum planning through a variety of job-embedded professional development experiences
  • Selecting a teacher to support while learning instructional support strategies

Contact Raquel Diaz, Ed.D., senior partnerships manager, at rdiaz@coe.ufl.edu for more information.

Intended Participants

Our Early Learning Instructional Leadership Development Program is designed for current early childhood program leaders or those seeking to move into this role.

Through our Flamingo Leadership Modules, early learning professionals will build their leadership skills through interactive online and hybrid experiences. Led by expert facilitators, participants explore various dispositions of effective leadership in collaborative settings. Through inquiry, participants maximize their strengths to address the unique challenges they face as leaders. 

Our two-module, online program is comprised of two online modules and an on-going Community of Practice, offered either virtually or in-person.

Module 1 - Who am I as a Leader?

In this eight-hour online module, participants are introduced to the Lastinger Leadership Framework and how a community of practice functions. Upon successful completion, participants will be able to identify who they are as a leader and will have engaged in a community of practice. 

Module 2 - Supercharging your Leadership with Coaching Tools, Habits, and Strategies

This eight-hour online module will provide participants with the tools they need to provide valuable feedback to teachers and other stakeholders with whom they work. Upon successful completion of this module, leaders will have an understanding of the Lastinger Coaching Cycle and the difference between providing coaching versus evaluator feedback. 

The Lastinger Center offers tailored online and in-person instructional leadership development programs for early learning program leaders and K-12 administrators, or those who are seeking to move into this role.