Team Building

Four Ways to Grow Your Strong Early/ Head Start Team
Mel Gravely
13-January-2016

Four Ways to Grow Your Strong Early/ Head Start Team

Your team is the backbone of your Early/Head Start program. It can propel your organization to greatness, or sink it into irrelevance in your community. Building your program team wisely is perhaps the most important thing you can do to increase your chances of success, but it can also be one of the hardest. Here…

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Data Does It: How to Effectively Collect Data in Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
17-March-2015

Data Does It: How to Effectively Collect Data in Your Head Start Program

Head Start collects tons of data all the time. It exists and persists in every aspect of what you do. The challenge, however, is learning how to purposefully collect and use data to enhance student achievement and improve family outcomes. Learning how to collect and interpret data will allow practitioners the opportunity to predict learning…

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Five Tips for a Productive Head Start Program in the New School Year
Mel Gravely
13-August-2013

Five Tips for a Productive Head Start Program in the New School Year

So it’s that time of year again… Back to school! Are you prepared to have a successful school year? Here five tips to ensure a productive program with your Head Start children and families: 1. Reflect on the Past: Experience is the ultimate learning tool. Great teachers are constantly looking for new ideas and methods…

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How to Recruit, Develop, and Maintain a Strong Head Start Governing Body
Mel Gravely
08-March-2013

How to Recruit, Develop, and Maintain a Strong Head Start Governing Body

“The Board of Directors bears the primary responsibility for your organization to fulfill its obligations to the law, its donors, its staff and volunteers, its clients, and the public at large.” – Principle for Good Governance and Ethical Practice. The Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, October 2007. “There is great difference between sitting on a…

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The Secret to Head Start Success – Part 3 (Team Building)
Mel Gravely
26-November-2012

The Secret to Head Start Success – Part 3 (Team Building)

Team building is a facet of both professional development and cross agency collaboration. The “Improving School Readiness and Promoting Long Term Success,” report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it includes continued professional development training through a State Training and Technical Assistance System. The goal is to create a seamless, easily…

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The Secret to Head Start Success – Part 1 (Introduction)
Mel Gravely
07-November-2012

The Secret to Head Start Success – Part 1 (Introduction)

For the 40 years that I’ve been working to enhance the early lives of young people and the adults that support them, it’s been a special privilege and pleasure to serve the Head Start community. The mission of Head Start is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through…

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3 Team-Building Exercises to Try in Your Next Head Start Meeting
Mel Gravely
20-July-2012

3 Team-Building Exercises to Try in Your Next Head Start Meeting

A team is a group with a common purpose, committed to working together interdependently, and who are accountable as a unit within an organization. Head Start agencies, along with corporate and non-profit agencies of all kinds, at some point have to form teams to solve problems. However, before problem solving can begin, that team has…

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Mel Gravely
13-August-2011

Welcome to The Gravely Group Head Start Blog

We are very excited about our new blog and hope to have productive and insightful dialogue about trends, issues, and available resources to enhance and strengthen Head Start agencies. You can also join conversations with the TGG Head Start Group on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/the-gravely-group. Please feel free to post any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding program governance,…

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