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06/12/19

News from the Learning Lab: Inspiring Best Practices

Learning Lab instructors Amy Friedlander (left) and Mary Graham (second from right) pose with ECE Advanced Business Administrative Series participants displaying their 'graduation' certificates.

Learning Lab instructors Amy Friedlander (left) and Mary Graham (second from right) pose with ECE Advanced Business Administrative Series participants displaying their ‘graduation’ certificates.

Children’s Village’s Learning Lab–our bold initiative to share our expertise with other ECE educators–was abuzz with Action Project Presentations on Saturday, May 4.  The event capped the 12-week Advanced Business Administration Series for program directors.

Funded by the PNC Foundation, the intensive training seized the momentum of the Learning Lab’s successful initial Business Administration Series, allowing participants to deepen their understanding of key operational areas, including technology, human resources, and fiscal management.  The aim:  apply new  skills to change day-to-day business practices and elevate program quality.

Carrie Givens presents her Action Project.

Carrie Givens presents her Action Project.

 

Attendees listen to Mary Graham's guidance.

Attendees listen to Mary Graham’s guidance.

Mary Graham, Executive Director, Children’s Village, and Amy Friedlander, education consultant, co-led the series.  “The commitment of these directors to the children and families they serve and the staff they employ is inspiring.  We are grateful that PNC continued funding these trainings, which enabled us to guide program directors further along on their path to improve quality.  The directors, many launching new programs and others more seasoned, go above and beyond to enhance their programs,” says Mary.   “While each program is unique, program directors often faced similar challenges, learned from each other, and worked together to tease out solutions.  These program directors now view each other not as competitors but as colleagues.  Above all, they respect the critical need to raise their collective voices as advocates for high-quality early learning for all children,” adds Mary.

The event's special guests included Jim Martin, Children's Village founder and current Board member, and Marcia Rogers (second from right), who among her many roles served as our first lead toddler teacher, a Board member, and led the charge to create our library. They are pictured with Mary Graham (left) and Amy Friedlander (right).

The event’s special guests included Jim Martin, Children’s Village founder and current Board member, and Marcia Rogers (second from right), who among her many roles served as our first lead toddler teacher, a Board member, and led the charge to create our library. They are pictured with Mary Graham (left) and Amy Friedlander (right).

For more information on our Learning Lab, please visit Professional DevelopmentWe’ll also soon post a link to videos of May 4 Action Project presentations.

 
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