The core components of a unified profession are interconnected and dependent on one another. In order to manage this complexity, we are structuring Power to the Profession into a series of coordinated, iterative and strategic decision cycles. The goal of using cycles to approach this conversation is to be able to focus on one aspect of the early childhood education profession at a time while understanding its connection to the whole.
CURRENT DECISION CYCLE
Decision Cycle 1: Professional Identity and Boundaries
Who are we advancing as a profession? What is the distinct role and responsibility of this profession? What is the name of this profession? Who are we not defining in this process?
Timeline: January through March 31, 2017
- Information from the field requested to begin this cycle conversation – N/A for this cycle
- Draft 1 from Task Force available – posted on February 20 - March 13, 2017
- Public comments on Draft 1 from Task Force requested via survey – COMPLETE
- Draft 2 from Task Force available – posted by March 20 - 26, 2017
- Public comments on Draft 2 from Task Force requested via survey – click here to complete the survey. Deadline to respond is March 26, 2017.
- Final Working Draft, Cycle Closed – PENDING, will be posted by March 31, 2017
UPCOMING DECISION CYCLES
Decision Cycle 2: General Competencies for all early childhood education professionals
Decision Cycle 3: Specializations and specialized competencies within the early childhood education profession
Decision Cycle 4: Competency Attainment Source
Decision Cycle 5: Qualifications and Pathways
Decision Cycle 6: Compensation Recommendations
Decision Cycle 7: Required Accountability and Quality Assurance
Decision Cycle 8: Required Support and Infrastructure
CONCEPT OF DECISION CYCLES
All the components of the framework for a unified profession are interconnected and dependent on one another. In order to manage this complexity, we are structuring the initiative into a series of coordinated, iterative and strategic decision cycles. These cycles are designed to be predictable and intentionally sequenced to build on one another in order to lead to a unified framework.
The goal of using cycles to approach this conversation is to be able to focus on one aspect of the unified framework at a time without loosing its connection to the whole. The outcome of each cycle will be a defining document for each element of the unified framework. However, each document has the possibility to be revisited at a later cycle as new insights and connections are revealed.
Anatomy of Decision Cycle
1. Deliberations with Task Force meeting
- Pre-meeting Information gathering including review and synthesis of research
- Each Task Force meeting will end with a working draft statement on the topic of each cycle
2. Review and feedback from the field
- Draft statement available for review 2 weeks after the Task Force meets
- Draft statement first sent to Stakeholders
- Comment period on working draft open for 3 weeks
3. Analyze feedback from the field and implementation analysis
- Task Force deliberates on changes, makes recommendations for working draft 2
4. Review and feedback from the field
- Draft statement available 3 weeks after first public comment period closes
- Comment period on working draft 2 open for 1 week
- Collect and analyze reaction to working draft 2
5. Task Force approves final draft