This Thursday I traveled to Lake Morey to join a team of facilitators in hosting a retreat for the Snelling Center's Early Childhood Leadership Institute (ECLI) associates. The facilitation was the culmination of a month of planning involving myself, Kathleen Paterson, John Everitt, and Suzanne Trahey. Through the partnership we blended results-based accountability, appreciative inquiry, and data literacy and data democracy into a cohesive day. Associates grappled with systems-level change, made real by data pulled out of the Vermont Insight's database.
ECLI was initiated in 2014 to stimulate enthusiams for and effective participation in efforts to improve early childhood work in Vermont. Participants hail from all corners of the state, representing diverse backgrounds and experience in early childhood work. ECLI gives participants the information, tools and inspiration to make greater contributions in their organizations, their communities and Vermont toward early childhood issues.