Blueprint for Action (3rd edition)


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Blueprint for Action provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of organizational change in early care and education settings. It helps administrators move beyond a “quick fix” notion of center improvement by serving as a guide for organizational analysis and action. The book details a comprehensive method for assessing program strengths and areas in need of improvement. The heart of this approach is an individualized model of supervision and staff development. Woven throughout the text are numerous vignettes connecting the concepts to real-life situations experienced by early childhood administrators.

From the aspiring or new director to the most seasoned and experienced administrator, this book has something in it for everyone. Blueprint for Action is the most comprehensive book of its kind, providing both a theoretical rationale and practical suggestions for embedding continuous quality improvement into the fabric of organizational life. It includes 26 assessment tools and 12 worksheets that directors can adapt for use in their own programs.

2015, 310 pages, soft cover, perfect bound, 9 x 12, ISBN: 9780982708248


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    Blueprint for Action approaches every aspect of program development from the perspective of its most important resource—the staff. In turn, staff development is viewed as a core aspect of program improvement.”
    –Diana Courson, Associate Director, Arkansas State University Childhood Services

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    Blueprint for Action should be on every administrator’s top 10 publications list! The content and companion CD provide foundational information to elevate and advance any program.”
    –Janice Moenster, Innovation Zone Coordinator, Children’s Home + Aid

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    “I have often referred to Blueprint for Action as the Great Bluebook (from AA) for early childhood administrators. It is a wonderful gift for novice and experienced administrators with practical and applicable tools.”
    –Kathy Hardy, Director, Winnetka Community Nursery School

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    “A four-star blockbuster! Blueprint for Action is an indispensable guide for any director who is serious about supervision and staff development. With insight and keen awareness of the realities facing the field, this book provides realistic strategies for promoting change and increasing program effectiveness. Blueprint for Action is flexible enough to be used in a variety of settings. It is a must for your professional library!”
    –Roger Neugebauer, Publisher, Exchange Press

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    “What a terrific resource! There truly is nothing quite like it in our field. If you are a director serious about managing continuous quality improvement, you’ll return to Blueprint for Action again and again. Bloom offers the invaluable frameworks of systems and change theories, along with guidelines for developing individualized professional development and organizational structures to support the reflective practices that underpin quality.”
    –Margie Carter, Author, Harvest Resources

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