|The ECA Leadership Program, revised in 2021, is a renowned program for educational leaders, teachers in leadership roles and aspiring leaders. Founded on solid expert research and five years of sector consultation, this essential leadership framework has been designed by early childhood experts and quality assured by early childhood practising leaders. Our Leadership Program was specifically created as a strengths-based, self-directed, short-term program for both current and aspiring early childhood leaders in diverse settings.
This program includes access to:
· twelve online professional learning modules and webinars
· the ECA Leadership Program folder containing the hardcopy Leadership Capability Framework and a ‘how-to’ guide with suggestions on how to make the most of the Framework
· the opportunity to develop your own Personalised Professional Learning Plan relevant to your individual work environment and development priorities
|Through your involvement in this Community of Practice, you can expect to:
|Rationale and research basis for the program|
|A Community of Practice is a group of professionals who come together to learn and support one another in developing their practice with the aim of collaborative mentoring and relationship building. Wenger-Trayner and Wenger-Trayner (2015) identify that the concept of being a part of a Community of Practice offers learners the opportunity to engage in solving authentic problems and designing resources to support their practice. They are made up of people who are looking to deepen their understanding in a particular area and work collaboratively on similar problems. Lave and Wenger (Wenger-Trayner and Wenger-Trayner, 2015) consider a Community of Practice as community that acts as a living curriculum. Due to the ongoing impact that Covid-19 has had on professional learning, particularly within the early childhood community, virtual Communities of Practice have increased accessibility and practicality. Virtual platforms offer the opportunity for learners to collaborate through knowledge construction, build relationships and develop a sense of belonging and commitment to their professional practice.
ECA is responding to this sector need and have designed a unique Community of Practice experience for educators and early childhood professionals at all stages of their careers.