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Hi everyone, Happy Thursday!

On February 24 I taught three workshops at the Kitsap Association for the Education of Young Children conference (KAEYC).  They were, Extraordinary Relationships (based on my just released book, “Vibrant & Lasting Relationships”, Leadership Coaching to improve your work environment, and Creating a Wellness Plan (I will also be teaching these workshops at Renton Tech in April, and hopefully in Tacoma at the WAEYC conference this year. 

During the workshops I mentioned the Collaborative Leadership Institute and encouraged you all to attend.  Then I realized that many of my blog subscribers are from the Early Learning Field, and so what better way to get the word out about this fabulous resource then to post the details here on my blog!

I attended the very first CLI and I am on the Alumni Committee several years ago.
Let me tell you it was an incredible experience.  I met people in the Early Learning field, from all over Washington State, and I learned so much from them, and I stretched and grew in my leadership role.  Attending the CLI added leadership skills to my management toolbox, and I was able to create a project that I believed would help others. Believe me; you do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity. So, if you have to beg, borrow or steal your way to attend this institute, you want to do it now.

We are creating a scholarship fund to help others attend.  You will definitely be hearingmore about this if you are in the Early Learning Field in Washington State, so stay tuned… 

By the way, if you know anyone who would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please don’t hesitate to let me know, or Katy Warren, listed below.  Here’s the info:

The Collaborative Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 10-month intensive leadership
development program for early learning leaders in Washington.

Our goal is a renewed and lasting network of leaders prepared to advance innovative
approaches and promote collaborations that benefit children and families.
Sponsors include Department of Early Learning, Washington State Association of Head
Start & ECEAP
, Foundation for Early Learning, Child Care Resource & Referral Network, and WAEYC.

CLI Graduates will:
• Develop an innovative project to benefit the community
• Increase self-awareness of personal leadership style
• Explore leadership research and literature
• Understand early learning as a system
• Cultivate a broad range of strategies to achieve goals
• Gain ability to harness resources to fuel your actions
• Create change and make an impact in the field of early learning

Who should apply?
Emerging leaders working within the early learning, early care, and after-
school fields. Applications for the 2008 cohort are being accepted through January 15, 2008. See reverse for more information. Applications will be available November 1, 2007, at

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 253.373.9100
Fax: 253.373.1321
841 N. Central Ave, Suite 204
Kent, WA 98032
Great Opportunity for Emerging Leaders in the Early Learning Field!

Who can apply
Applicants will be considered from Head Start/Early Head Start; ECEAP; Out of
School Programs; Resource and Referral Network; child care centers/homes;
health; schools; and at-large including parent cooperative preschools, board
members, affiliated businesses and libraries.

Candidates must have access to e-mail and the Internet. Applicants that reflect
diverse perspectives, cultures and experiences are encouraged to apply. The
strongest candidates will demonstrate commitment, curiosity, risk-taking and

Teams are welcome
Individuals from different organizations within a community are encouraged to
apply as a team. Team applicants will be considered for selection as a team.
To qualify as a team, team members must agreed to work together to complete
a project for the benefit of their organizations and the community.
Participant Expectations
• Full-time attendance at the three on-site forums
• Establish an individualized development plan
• Participate in telephone and/or e-mail coaching with instructor
• Participate in on-line discussions with the cohort
• Complete individual and group assignments including assigned reading,
focused written reflection papers and activities
• Complete and present an individual or group project

Key Dates
Applications Available: November 1, 2007
Application Deadline: January 15, 2008
On-site Forums: March 17-19, 2008 at Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way
June 23-25, 2008 at Central Washington University
November 12-14, at Dumas Bay Centre, Federal Way

Due to the generous support of the Institute’s sponsors, participants pay only
30% of the true cost of the program. Fee per student is $800, which can be
paid by the participant, his or her program, community partner, or any combination

Helen Jones, Ph.D., CLI Coordinator, owns Jones Consulting based in Spokane
and has a doctorate is Human and Organizational Development. She was formerly
a full-time faculty member for the GU Master of Arts in Organizational
Leadership Department and adjunct faculty at Whitworth College.
Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan, Ph.D., is the co-founder and President of the Praxis
Institute for Early Childhood Education, Seattle, WA. She was formerly the
Dean of Pacific Oaks College Northwest. She has a doctorate in Educational
Leadership and has worked in public and private higher education for the last 23
years as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, and an administrator.
Collaborative Leadership Institute Information

Here is the website:

Let me know if you have questions!
Take awesome care of yourself,