By Kyra Ostendorf
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: how will this resource make a difference in our field and for children? As chair of the newly formed NAEYC Affiliate Advisory Council, I ask myself: how can we work together to strengthen our Association so that together, National AEYC and affiliates across the country can make a difference in our field and for children?
It’s this commitment to our field that lead me to invite Stacie to publish the Guide with Redleaf Press. I left Redleaf before being able to work on the book, so I’m especially pleased to contribute to the conversation with intent in this important book study.
In our shared role as facilitators for this book study, the guest experts have been charged with leading conversations with intent. It’s important that we’re all in agreement to be part of these conversations with intent. We’re not here to point fingers or stand on our soapboxes—we’re here to reflect, share, and open ourselves to the possibilities of having early childhood education become a professional field of practice.
Our conversation with intent is focused on (from page 63):
- coming together as a field of practice to move beyond the limits of our individual understanding;
- co-imagining different possibilities for organizing ECE as a professional field of practice; and
- laying the groundwork for formally structuring ECE as a profession.
You’re invited to read ahead in the book, as chapter 2 has many questions that will be helpful to start considering in advance of those weeks in the book study. But don’t start answering those questions in your postings here just yet!
Let’s spend this week reflecting on why we care about this work and how we came to be in this field. Please share your role in ECE and one or two things we all need to know about you to “engage in conversation about ECE’s future as a professional field of practice” (page 68). Let’s begin the conversation! Leave a reply below.
With gratitude for all you do,
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This book study is sponsored by Redleaf Press