22 Feb

ECE Book Study/Conversation Timeline


In case you missed it, here’s the Book Study Timeline! Be sure to visit the FAQs pageNote that you may begin the study/conversation at any time! *Must participate (comment) in all 8 weeks to receive a certificate of completion.

(click on chapter or name below to access that content)


18 Feb

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 2 Continued (Week 3)

By Jill Bella

Jill Bella ECE book study

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 Read More

16 Feb

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 2 (Week 3)

By Jill Bella

Jill Bella ECE

This past summer I attended a conference session facilitated by Stacie Goffin and several others on the topic of this book. Ten minutes into the session, two women at my table got up and left. When it came time for the participants to discuss some provocative questions about professionalizing the field, it was revealed by their remaining colleague that the two women had left because they were upset when Stacie had made a comment suggesting early childhood education (ECE) was not a professional field of practice. I was baffled. Didn’t they realize that early childhood education does not meet the definition of a professional field of practice? Did they misinterpret Stacie’s message as demeaning their work instead of trying to change the way it is valued for the better? Were they threatened by what professionalizing the field might mean for them personally? While I will never know the exact reason Stacie’s comment caused them to leave, their reaction frightened me. This session was billed as a provocative discussion, and if, as practitioners in our field we are that quick to dismiss or avoid a discussion that challenges our beliefs and attitudes, then our work to advance early childhood education might be even more difficult than I had already imagined.

This is why Chapter 2 in Stacie’s book is so critical. Titled “Thinking Alone,” this chapter provides an important method for demystifying our views about professionalizing the field. It contains a series of questions designed for self-reflection to get to the core of our assumptions, assess our commitment to change, evaluate our open mindedness, and dissect our conversational style so we are not a passenger of our thoughts and previous behaviors but rather a driver, determining what our thoughts and actions will be. Honestly and openly addressing these questions will make us more likely to “stay at the table” when challenged and motivate us to move the conversation to a new space rather than halting it.

I’d like us to use this week in our book group as a place to first surface those often unspoken barriers that we don’t always want to admit, but that shape our actions. Your responses may provide valuable information for future conversations around the country by those invested in re-conceptualizing ECE. Second, I want to use the list generated to dig deeper. My intent for this week is to facilitate a continuing discussion with several parts; giving you time to reflect on your responses and the responses of your fellow book group members, and then taking the conversation further. As a result, you haven’t seen the last of me! This first question allows you the opportunity to be part of the conversation—this book group is a way to explore ideas and voice opinions that will stimulate the thoughts of others. In a sense, this is a step toward Chapter 4, “Supporting Successful Conversations with Intent” and a mark of advocacy.  As a practitioner in early childhood education, you have a perspective and an opinion that can help shape the future.

Take a moment to list what might be at stake personally and professionally if early childhood education is restructured as a field of practice. I’ll begin with a few ideas that could have huge implications:

–          If qualifications are increased, many practitioners might not meet newly required qualifications

–          If qualifications are increased, the field could lose those good practitioners with low formal qualifications

–          If practitioners are licensed or certified, the cost may add another burden to an already financially challenged group

What do you think might be at stake if we restructure ECE as a field of practice? I will check in and facilitate more book group discussion as the week continues.

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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

8 Feb

Join This Important ECE Conversation! It’s Not Too Late.

Beyond the Pages (BTP) is an innovative, global virtual book study/conversation. A book study is an opportunity for professionals to come together and participate in reflective thought. Lilian Katz reminds us that, “When practitioners come together and exchange information, they deepen their insight and understanding. They strengthen their awareness of the complexities of this field.”

People have been asking me, “Can I still participate even though the book study has already begun?” The answer is an enormous YES!! I’d love for you to join in this important ECE conversation. Your voice is important!

Since the book study is online, you are able to begin at any time. 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

1 Feb

Book Study Introduction

Hello and welcome to the Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era book study. Congratulations on making the decision to engage in conversations with intent  with others in ECE around the country and world! Today I’m re-posting part of a Dec. 7th post written by the book author, Stacie Goffin, as an introduction to the study for those who may have missed it. Tomorrow, Feb. 2nd, Chapter 1 commentary will be posted.

book study“How would you answer these questions: What do you think distinguishes ECE’s knowledge base and practice from other child-serving professions interacting with the same age children? What commonalities bind us together as a field of practice, regardless of a program’s sector, policy mandate, or financing? Then consider this: What is the identifying name for our field of practice: early childhood education? Early care and education? Early education and care? Early learning and development? I know from experience that this list is not inclusive. Why do we lack a shared identifier for our field? Why do we continue to invent new terminology to describe who we are and what we do?

This blog book study asks these and many other questions to probe our thinking about our identity as a field of practice and the future we want for ECE. Be forewarned, Read More

31 Jan

Winner: Book Giveaway!


A WINNER has been randomly selected for the ECE Book Study GIVEAWAY …

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Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you are not the winner of this giveaway and are planning to participate in the book study, you can purchase the book a few different ways:

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28 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #9 Announced!

The ninth (and final) guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)



Susan Zoll!

Susan ZollAs an early childhood advocate, Susan Zoll, Ph.D. focuses her efforts on increasing access and opportunity for all children to enjoy intentional, play-based early learning experiences.  Whether as an early childhood educator, researcher, advocate, or college professor in an early childhood teacher preparation program, Dr. Zoll believes in the power to positively influence children’s development and diminish the effects of unequal opportunity on children’s academic readiness.

Her research includes measuring the impact of a language and literacy intervention implemented in urban preschool settings (From “at risk” to “at promise”: An Evaluation of an Early Reading First Project, 2012) and conducting a needs-assessment in unregistered early childhood programs in townships in South Africa.

Dr. Zoll currently serves in a dual-role as Assistant Professor in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College, as well as, the Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning – an initiative designed to meet the educational needs of the current early childhood workforce.  Educators can earn either a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Learning leading to PreK-2nd grade certification or through a collaboration with Zero To Three, enroll in a new Birth – 5 concentration, specifically designed for Infant and Toddler educators working in the field.

Dr. Zoll has served in project leadership positions in four U.S. DOE funded projects (ERF 2004, 2006, 2009; ECEPD 2006) and has served as Co-Director of Professional Development for Rhode Island’s Center for Early Learning Professionals.

To further her advocacy efforts, she serves on multiple early childhood state-wide initiatives, such as: R.I.’s Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care, Executive Board member of R.I.’s Association for the Education of Young Children (RI-AEYC), and R.I.’s Department of Education’s Workforce Knowledge and Competency Work Group for Early Childhood Administrators.  Dr. Zoll also uses the force of social media to share content and engage in dialogue with educators internationally.  You can follow her on Twitter @DrSusanZoll, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Susan will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 22nd, 2016, regarding chapter 4 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!

26 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #8 Announced!

The eighth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)



Betsy Carlin!

betsy carlin photoBetsy Carlin, MS-ECS, spent the first 25 years of her career as a public school teacher and an early childhood program administrator.  Currently she splits her time as an on the floor teacher/facilitator in a toddler classroom and as an Early Childhood Consultant specializing in leadership development.  This combination allows her to have fresh stories from her classroom to share as she works to promote and raise the status of the early childhood field.  She is also a dedicated volunteer leader with experience on multiple boards of directors, including Womentum in Teton County, Wyoming; The Children’s Learning Center in Teton and Sublette Counties, Wyoming; the Wyoming Early Childhood Association in the roles of President and VP of public policy; and chair of the NAEYC Affiliate Council.  Betsy grew up in Ohio and now resides with her family in Wilson, WY where she loves to hike, bike, and ski.

Betsy will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 15th, 2016, regarding chapter 4 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!