Early Education Leaders, an Institute at UMass Boston

provides the leadership development opportunities and infrastructure that early educators need to support thriving children and families.

New course in instructional leadership for continuous improvement 


Instructional leaders and instructional teams will benefit from our new course, “Instructional Leadership for Continuous Improvement in Early Education.” Participants will learn about organizational change and new research on methods for accelerating improvement and creating a culture of collaborative learning to promote continuous improvement by using a set of concrete strategies to apply with the staff at your program. 

The course is designed for program directors, education coordinators, instructional coaches and small instructional teams of three to four people who work in group child care and out-of-school time programs. It takes place over 10 sessions and totals 25 professional development hours. 

Throughout the course, participants will:

  • Learn and apply leadership knowledge, mindsets, and practices to your specific program contexts.
  • Engage in reflective practices and test using job-embedded professional learning protocols with their staff to guide program improvement.
  • Deepen their understanding of the role of instructional leaders in creating the conditions that allow teachers to implement and improve high quality teaching and learning.
  • Identify a specific problem related to instructional practice at their program, and, using job-embedded professional learning protocols introduced during the course, develop a plan to address the problem and take steps towards implementing their plan. 

Between sessions, participants are expected to complete short readings or view videos for self-study and work with their team to develop and implement a quality improvement plan. 

“Instructional Leadership for Continuous Improvement in Early Education” will be offered through the regional StrongStart Professional Development Centers and is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The first sessions will run this fall and additional sessions will be added this winter and next spring. 

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