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Gryphon House Releases Building on Whole Leadership

Lewisville, N.C. – Gryphon House, Inc. announces Building on Whole Leadership: Energizing and Strengthening Your Early Childhood Program, a practical guide for early childhood directors, administrators, and principals to develop a more inspirational approach to leadership.

A nationwide report found that attrition rates of the teaching force, especially of teachers new to the field, are steadily rising. In fact, 41 percent of teachers leave the profession within their first five years. The reasons for departure are consistent: dissatisfaction with salaries, classroom resources, student misbehavior, accountability, opportunities for development, input into decision making, and school leadership.

“In a complex and changing landscape of scarce funding, high turnover rates, and differing views about priorities, the early childhood profession needs an anchor,” said Marie Masterson, PhD, Director of Quality Assessment, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. “My colleagues and I developed the Whole Leadership Framework as a solution to create a unified vision for our work and to help early childhood professionals inspire their staffs' collaboration, creativity, and ethical commitment—key functions of a quality early childhood team—to strengthen the profession.”

Using the Whole Leadership Framework’s three domains—leadership essentials, pedagogical leadership, and administrative leadership—Building on Whole Leadership will teach early childhood leaders how to:

  • Develop foundational leadership attributes and competencies
  • Use both day-to-day management and long-range leadership skills
  • Encourage family engagement 
  • Advocate for children and families in their community
  • Inspire staff to see the value of their work and invest their best efforts

Building on Whole Leadership is widely available starting October 1, 2019.


About the Authors

Marie Masterson, PhD, Director of Quality Asessment and former professor of early childhood education.

Michael Abel, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation and an assistant professor of early childhood education at National Louis University. 

Teri Talan, EdD, JD, Michael W. Louis Chair and Senior Policy Advisor and a professor of early childhood education at National Louis University.

Jill Bella, EdD, Director of Professional Learning and Assistant professor of early childhood education at National Louis Universty. 

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