Michael W. Louis Chair and Senior Policy Advisor
Organization: McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Organization 2: National Louis University
Teri N. Talan is the Michael W. Louis Chair and Senior Policy Advisor to the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University. She is a passionate voice for the McCormick Center’s call to action: Leadership Matters: Invest in Leaders. She promotes action by state and national policymakers on early childhood workforce, leadership development, and program administration issues. She holds a law degree from Northwestern University as well as an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. Dr. Talan’s research interests are in the areas of leadership, workforce development, systems integration, and program quality evaluation. She is co-author of the Program Administration Scale (PAS), Business Administration Scale for Family Child Care (BAS), and the reports, Who’s Caring for the Kids? The Status of the Early Childhood Workforce in Illinois and Taking Charge of Change: A 20-Year Review of Empowering Early Childhood Administrators through Leadership Training.