Joannie Busillo-Aguayo, PhD

Are Leaders Born or Made? Unraveling the Myth of What it Takes to Be an Effective Leader in ECE

This workshop will describe how and why ECE professionals can develop leadership skills and strategies for developing a leadership vision and plan. Following a brief discussion about the importance of leadership, characteristics of effective leaders, and strategies for developing a thoughtful and intentional plan and action, the workshop will focus on guiding participants in creating leadership development as it might be used in teacher education or professional development within their organizations. Participants will engage in activities that foster self-awareness, leadership vision, action plans, and self-reflection – the essential ingredients for life-long commitment to leadership development.

Joannie Busillo-Aguayo, PhD

Joannie-Busillo-Aguayo.jpgDr. Busillo-Aguayo is an Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education Master's Degree- Early Childhood Education Option in the Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling at California State University, Northridge. She teaches courses related to theories of early development, collaboration with families, leadership and advocacy, and service learning. Dr. Busillo-Aguayo is an alumnus of CSU Northridge where she earned her B.A. degree in Child Development, and M.S. degree in Child and Family Relations. She earned her doctorate from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology/Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on adult learning and program evaluation. She has extensive experience in designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating course curriculum for early childhood education and related courses in higher education at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Busillo-Aguayo’s research interests include workforce development in early care and education; building leadership capacity in diverse, underrepresented college students; supporting and strengthening families through collaboration and family engagement; and building community partnerships that promote application of coursework through service learning activities. Most currently she has received a grant to integrate graduate student’s coursework in assessment, family collaboration/engagement, and service learning in order to participate in a comprehensive community-based outreach and mobile screening program for at-risk and underserved children in hard to reach areas. Dr. Busillo-Aguayo is Board Member of Child Care Resource and Referral under the leadership of Dr. Michael Olenick and consultant to the Family Focus Resource Center at CSU Northridge.