top of page

Purchasing the live webinar today? Be sure to download the PDF after your purchase to access the Zoom link.

The PDF will also be sent to your email - please check your spam folder if you do not see it in your inbox.

Leadership in Early Childhood Special Education: Supporting and Coaching Colleagues 

Date: Thursday, April 4th, 2024 5:00 - 6:00 PM Eastern Time 


Description: Leadership is multifaceted and can be nurtured in all early childhood special education (ECSE) providers. A sometimes forgotten component is supporting and coaching leaders through formal and informal ways. There are a range of ways to ensure leaders continue to lead through horizontal and vertical assistance. The former is from colleagues providing, for example, feedback on decisions impacting young children. It can also entail focused opportunities for reflection and a resulting action plan. The latter may be more formal and structured and/or tied to state law, requirements from funding agencies and the like. The commonality is to plan and address the need for coaching. Regardless of years of experience in their position, educational attainment etc., leaders need opportunities to reflect and continue to gain knowledge.


Leadership is a part of all DEC activities. It is evident across all providers and can be nurtured in daily interactions as well as more formal means. We will provide options for making leadership part of everyday practice at an individual and program level. We will also describe leadership as a process with ways to identify and align ECSE work with leadership and its impact on positive outcomes for young children, families, and providers.


Presenters: Deborah Bruns, PhD; Annie George-Puskar, PhD; Elizabeth Beavers, PhD


DR. DEBORAH BRUNS is a Professor and program coordinator of the Special Education program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her focus is best practices in ECSE assessment and instruction as well as leadership.


DR. ANNIE GEORGE-PUSKAR is an Assistant Professor in Curriculum and Teaching and chair of the Doctoral Planning Committee at Fordham University. Her foci is preschool transition and leadership in ECSE.


DR. ELIZABETH BEAVERS is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the College of Education at the University of Houston Clear Lake. She focuses on reflective practices and leadership in ECSE.




  • Participants will increase knowledge of coaching options

  • Participants will strategies related to ongoing reflection and action steps

  • Participants will gain a perspective linking leadership and coaching in ECSE

Leadership in ECSE: Supporting and Coaching Colleagues

  • Webinar date: Thursday, April 4th, 2024 5:00 - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

    This digital product provides access to one (1) upcoming Learning Deck webinar for one (1) individual purchaser. Once the order is placed, the purchaser will receive a link to register for the webinar on Zoom. Following the webinar, the purchaser will receive the webinar recording as well as any webinar handouts via email. 

    Note: You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance. Archived webinar purchases do not include certificates of attendance. 


    Copyright Notice

    Please Note: Sharing a Learning Deck with one or more parties, without prior written permission from Division for Early Childhood, is a violation of copyright law. 


    Group Orders 

    If you would like to purchase a Learning Deck webinar for a group, please place an order here. Discounts are available for members and groups. 

  • Division for Early Childhood Learning Deck Webinars are webinars presented by experts in early intervention, early childhood special education, and related fields. Each webinar lasts approximately one hour (unless otherwise noted) and includes access to the full recording and any webinar handouts. Archived webinar purchases do not include certificates of attendance. 

    You can learn more about DEC Learning Deck webinars here. 

bottom of page