Learning to Lead

Learning to Lead

Effective Leadership Skills for Teachers of Young Children

Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan


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Become a stronger, more effective teacher and learn how leadership skills impact all areas of early childhood care and education

Working with children requires you to be an adaptable leader and teacher, no matter the setting. Learning to Lead helps early childhood professionals at any level cultivate their leadership potential and skills with an introduction to leadership theory and practice, including definitions of the functions and styles of leadership and examinations of the roles of empowerment, followership, and advocacy in the leadership process. 

Use your knowledge of child development to transfer your natural skills to a range of leadership situations. Each chapter is built around a combination of theories, examples, and reflection questions, concluding with a vignette and references for further study. 

The third edition includes:

  • Updated and expanded material on working with children in a culturally diverse community while addressing the racial and social injustice and inequity in society 
  • Updated and expanded material on how  bias, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, and inequity  intersect  with cultural differences and diversity  
  • Updated resources for further reading 
  • A new chapter on how to create a leadership and advocacy plan based on topics, reflections, and questions in from the book, to help you take on a leadership role in your program. 


Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan:
Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan is the cofounder and president of the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education, a new, racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse college that provides graduate and undergraduate education and professional development for people who work with young children. Prior to beginning the Praxis Institute, she served six years as the dean at Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Dr. Sullivan has worked in higher education for the last twenty-three years as a teacher, researcher, curriculum developer, and administrator. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Seattle University. Currently, Dr. Sullivan serves on Washington State's Early Learning Council, the Foundation for Early Learning Advisory, the Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee, the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development review panel and nominating panel, and the Parent Map  Magazine  editorial board.