Positive Spin sees this time in early childhood education’s history as one of great opportunity. Our efforts are aimed at increasing the workforce capacity to adapt to complex changes and inspiring people to engage in the process of shaping the future of our field.
As we are invited today, on provider appreciation day, to collectively give thanks to our early childhood educators, let’s do so knowing that a “thank you” only scratches the surface of the recognition they deserve. Let’s also collectively extend that “thanks” by holding them up with reverence and celebration throughout the year.
While it sounds on the surface like an obvious and easy approach to affecting change, genuine collaboration demands that we develop a deeper understanding of the assumptions, biases, and prejudices that we carry as individuals with us into the work and that we explore the “us versus them” that exists throughout our system.
Complex change happens only after we successfully engage in systems thinking. Simply stated, systems thinking is the understanding that any change within a system, big or small, impacts all other parts of the system.