Building Impact: An Instructional Leadership Model

Building Impact: An Instructional Leadership Model was created for leaders in early learning programs throughout Indiana

Build your identity as a strong instructional leader by learning to optimize classroom practices through coaching and cultivating curiosity.

Key topics will include: 

  • Managing Change

  • Coaching to empower educators

  • Increasing data literacy 

  • Creating peer networks

  • Fostering communication and conflict resolution

  • Building educator resilience 

This two-year program consists of: 

  • Professional development with Early Learning Indiana and the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. 

  • Formal and informal peer collaboration opportunities. 

  • Financial and administrative support to complete interventions that emerge throughout the training and peer collaboration, such as curriculum enhancement and assessment considerations. 

Leaders will be chosen from the following criteria:

Nonprofit that serves a charitable purpose

Committed to serving families that qualify for child care subsidies

Serve multiple classrooms of children

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Interested leaders can submit through the application platform, Submittable, by 5 p.m. ET, Aug. 8, 2024. Applicants can save their progress on the application and finish at a later time as needed.

Building Impact is made possible with support from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Building Impact?

Building Impact is a new instructional leadership model created by Early Learning Indiana for leaders of early learning programs throughout Indiana. Participants in the two-year program will build their identity as a strong instructional leader by learning to optimize classroom practices through coaching and cultivating curiosity. The program consists of: 

  • Professional development with Early Learning Indiana and the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University.​ 
  • Formal and informal peer collaboration opportunities.​ 
  • Financial and administrative support to complete interventions that emerge throughout the training and peer collaboration, such as curriculum enhancement and assessment considerations. 
What is a pedagogical leader?

A pedagogical leader develops a vision for teaching and learning and coaches classroom team members to bring the vision to life. They are responsible for leading the day-to-day affairs of their school, focused on providing instructional leadership to promote growth in student learning and ensuring a safe, supportive and productive learning environment for the children served, their families and team members.

Why focus on the pedagogical leader?

Often, individuals leading early education programs arrive in their role with little to no formal training on organizational or pedagogical leadership. Where available, existing training opportunities tend to focus on administrative leadership, leaving early education leaders ill-equipped to develop a vision for teaching and learning and to coach classroom team members to bring the vision to life.

Who is eligible to apply for Building Impact?

Leaders will be chosen from programs that meet the following criteria:​ 

  • Nonprofit that serves a charitable purpose​ 
  • Committed to serving families that qualify for child care subsidies​ 
  • Serve multiple classrooms of children 

Interested leaders should be prepared to explore current understandings of learning and development and implement strategies to optimize classroom practices. 

Are current grantees of Early Learning Indiana eligible to apply?

Yes, current grantees of ELI are eligible to apply. 

Do leaders have to be currently working in an early learning program to participate?

Yes, leaders must be serving in a leadership role within an early learning program to participate in Building Impact.

What is the time commitment to participate?

Building Impact is a two-year program. Leaders should anticipate spending one full day per month directly engaged in the Building Impact program and 2-3 hours per week in supplementary learning. 

What is required for participation?

All programs will collect data using environment rating scales, both before and after leaders’ participation in Building Impact. Participating leaders will also have an opportunity to implement a strategy to improve instructional practice. These could include:​ 

  • New instructional supports​ 
  • Curriculum or assessment enhancements​ 
  • Professional development and/or peer learning for classroom teams​ 
  • Classroom environment enhancements​ 
  • Operational improvements​ 

Leaders should anticipate spending one full day per month directly engaged in the Building Impact program and 2-3 hours per week in supplementary learning. Full days will be in-person at a central location. 

How can I apply?

Interested leaders can submit an application HERE. Applicants can save their progress on the application and finish at a later time as needed.

What information is needed for the application?

In addition to basic program demographics, the application will gather the following:​ 

  • Information about the leader’s experience in the field and current certifications, goals for professional development and why they want to participate​ 
  • Number of classrooms and children served, and how the program serves at-risk populations​ 
  • Number of teachers and their experience levels and tenure​ 
  • Information about current classroom learning practices 
What is the deadline to apply?

All applications must be submitted through the application platform, Submittable, by 5 p.m. ET, Aug. 8, 2024.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

For general questions about Building Impact, please email natalieb@earlylearningindiana.org