9 Feb

Beyond The Pages Book Study: Chapter 1 (Week 2)

By Roseann Murphy and Magdalena Palencia

Roseann Murphy           Magdalena P

Dear Colleagues,

At a time when education is increasingly focused on testable skills, policy-makers worry that young children are not prepared, everyone is discussing preschool “curriculum,” and many early childhood professionals are increasingly concerned about the rush to measurable outcomes. These so called curriculums are now finding their way into nurseries across the nation.

Stacie Goffin’s insightful book promoting the professionalism of Early Childhood Education (ECE) is timely and important if we are to keep the direction of ECE focused on what we know to be developmentally appropriate for children in our care. Ms. Goffin’s well thought out steps in this difficult challenge to move forward gives the reader a clear and succinct guide to follow in this age-old profession.

While reading Ms. Goffin’s book, we both felt the spark we have experienced so many times before; the spark to Read More

2 Feb

Beyond The Pages Book Study: Chapter 1 (Week 1)

By Kyra Ostendorf

Kyra ODear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to this first week of study and conversation on Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era by Stacie G. Goffin. I’m thrilled to be kicking this off and thank Dawn for the opportunity! Those of you who don’t know me may be wondering why Dawn asked me to contribute to this important book study. So, I’d like to share a bit about myself and will end this post by asking you to do the same.

About me with regards to this work: moving our field forward is at the core of everything I do. It’s the way I contribute to improving the quality of children’s lives. Before I can commit to working on a new resource for teachers, I ask myself: Read More

24 Jan

Host an Early Childhood Staff Book Club

You’ve always wanted to host an early childhood staff book club, right? It doesn’t get any easier than this! I’ve done all the work for you. Your staff can follow along by reading chapters, viewing the coordinating expert commentary, and participating in the conversation by commenting on our blog posts with people all over the nation (and perhaps world) that care about and influence the lives of children. You could even host a book club night with treats to discuss in person after they’ve participated online. This provides for even more reflecting and connecting!

Beyond the Pages is an innovative virtual book study. This feature takes you ‘beyond the pages’ and creates group dialogue. Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood education to engage in “conversations with intent” and I believe that this is one method to do that. What makes it unique? Guest content experts will add their voices and facilitate each week’s discussion!

It is my genuine hope that this book study feature intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations. Learn. Love. Lead.

Registration Information: http://enhancingyoungminds.com/2016/01/virtual-ece-book-study-registration-reminder/

Facebook Book Study Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1078301142189381/

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