By Jill Bella
Well, as promised, I am checking in and taking the book group in a slightly different direction. You’ve raised concerns and offered insights into both professionalizing ECE as a field of practice and not doing so. You’ve highlighted the disparity among wages between early care and education teachers and state licensed teachers. There have been various suggestions for how to go about professionalizing the field—from credentialing to using assessment tools that measure teaching practices. Some of you have challenged us to take this conversation outward. So I am asking you now to first reflect on your own activity related to your opinion on professionalizing ECE as a field of practice.
Close your eyes and take a moment to think about what actions you have taken so far to move this conversation along. Have you taken action in the past (before this book group)? If you were to list your actions, how many would you have written down? 1? 3? 12? What does that information tell you about yourself and your level of commitment? If you haven’t taken much action, reflect on the reasons why this might be the case. If you wish you would have taken more action, reflect on what supports you need to do so in the future.
Has this conversation spurred you to speak out recently or demonstrate your commitment to your beliefs?
And, finally, how are you willing to advocate your position?
What steps or actions are you willing to take to advocate for your position on this issue?
- I will talk to family members and/or friends about this issue.
- I will talk to my colleagues at work about this issue.
- I will seek out ECE practitioners I don’t know to discuss this issue.
- I will talk to people outside of the field about this issue.
- I will share resources about this issue with my colleagues.
- I will talk to the parents in my program about this issue.
- I will attend a meeting or a training related to this issue.
- I will facilitate a meeting or given a presentation related to this issue.
- I will give someone a copy of Stacie’s book and follow-up with a conversation.
- I will use social media to build awareness about this issue.
- I will attend a legislative hearing related to this issue.
- I will join an organization that is concerned about this issue.
- I will subscribe to a newsletter or follow the activities of an organization concerned about this issue.
- I will write about this issue in my program’s newsletter.
- I will write a letter or an e-mail to a legislator or policymaker about this issue.
- I will call a legislator about this issue.
- I will meet with legislator about this issue.
- I will write a letter to the editor of a newspaper about this issue.
- I will write a blog about this issue.
- I will publish an article about this issue in a newspaper or magazine.
Please share your reflections with the group in the comments (reply below).
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This book study is sponsored by Redleaf Press