4 discussions due in 18 hours

(1) Collaborative Leadership Reflection [WLO: 1] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 9 and 10 of the textbook, and the web page The 10 NAEYC Program Standards (Links to an external site.). A large part of growing as a leader is reflecting on one’s knowledge and skills and developing in areas of opportunity.
For this first part of this discussion forum, post, as an attachment, your PowerPoint or Prezi presentation from the Week 4 Leadership and Management Presentation assignment. Enter the topic or title of your PowerPoint presentation into the subject line and body of your post.
For the second part of this discussion, review the BA-ECEA Conceptual Framework, and complete the following requirements for your discussion post:

Explain how your Leadership and Management Presentation is aligned with the BA-ECEA Conceptual Framework.
Analyze what areas of the Conceptual Framework are demonstrated in your Leadership and Management Presentation.
Discuss how the BA-ECEA Conceptual Framework is important to understand as both a student in the BA-ECEA program, as well as an Early Childhood Education Leader.

(2) High-Quality Program Assessment Scenario [WLO: 2] [CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5]
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, review Chapter 9 of the textbook.
Creating and maintaining high-quality programs is the main goal of early childhood education leaders. Three important characteristics of effective program assessment practices include defining quality as a continuum rather than a finish line; creating a program assessment process that looks at the entire program (including administrative functions); and including the input of all stakeholders in the program assessment process.
In this discussion forum, you will focus on the first characteristic of defining quality as a continuum rather than a finish line, or as process not a product. This means, as the leader, you should constantly be assessing your program, reflecting on your program, and continually be involved in improving your program. Based on your completed philosophy and vision statements from Week 1, Discussion 1, describe what this assessment characteristic will mean to you and your center. Be sure to specify the age group you will focus on (infants, toddlers, or preschoolers).
Include the following:

State the philosophy and vision of your center (including a short description so the reader can understand the age group, type of environment, and brief program description).
Describe the top five key features of the program that you envision would be necessary to make your program considered high-quality.
Explain how you will assess these five key features in the short term.
Develop a continual assessment and improvement plan of how you will advance these five key features for the long term. Use the following example as a guide:

Quality Component – Environment

How this will be assessed – Will use a Quality Rating System to assess the indoor and outdoor environments at least 2 times a year.

Plan to improve this component based on assessment – Based on the results of the assessment, targeted professional development will be planned to support areas that score below standards, and environment funds will be placed towards the area of opportunity.

(3) Variations in Approaches to Care
Choose a specific culture or ethnicity of an immigrant or refugee population.  

Analyze their cultural and social norms.  
Discuss how they experience the healthcare system in America.  
Include an evaluation of how both the community and market-oriented approaches to health care, as highlighted in Chapter 10 of your text, can assist your chosen culture in getting the care they need.  Provide an analysis of a multidisciplinary approach that can be used to deliver the best care to your population.
Discuss a program in your community, or the nearest large community, that serves immigrants and refugees.  Are the services truly accessible to a wide population of immigrants and refugees?  Identify one approach which could improve accessibility, cost, or the quality of care for the population.

Your initial contribution should be 250 to 300 words in length. Your research and claims must be supported by your course text and at least one other scholarly source. Use proper APA formatting for in-text citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

(4) Making a Difference
Imagine you are a policymaker for your city or town. Based on what you know and what you have learned in this course, what would you modify or improve to make a positive change in the life of a vulnerable group we have not covered in class? Justify whether or not you would consult the vulnerable group when developing programs or policies?  Propose a policy you would create to improve health care services accessibility, cost, and quality related to your selected group?

Your initial contribution should be 250 to 300 words in length. Your research and claims must be supported by your course text and at least one other scholarly source. Use proper APA formatting for in-text citations and references as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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