26 Jan

Last Minute ECE Book Study GIVEAWAY!

Didn’t get a copy of the book yet? Here’s YOUR LAST CHANCE! (A procrastinator’s dream…) I’m sponsoring my own giveaway and hope you’ll enter to win and participate in this innovative book study event. The more participants involved, the more perspective and insight shared! See below for the book description:

book study image“For many years people have thought about how to bring more professional structure to the early childhood education field.Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era is a tool to help everyone in early childhood education engage in serious discussions about professionalizing the field. Author and thought leader Stacie G. Goffin has written a book that contains an overview of the topic, a participant guide, a conversation workbook, and a facilitator guide. Each section supports deep thought and creative discussions about how early childhood education can move toward being a professional field of practice. The conversations from this book are intended to shape the field’s future. Don’t sit back and listen; be part of this important conversation.”

You have an opportunity to participate in this book study as we go through the book together, becoming an online learning community. Learn about the book study and how to register HERE

Where to purchase the book (in case you don’t win)
NAEYC comprehensive members should have received this book in the fall (2015). See the links below to purchase a copy of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.
1. Redleaf Press – Use code PROECE to save 10% on Stacie Goffin’s Professionalizing Early
Childhood Education As a field of Practice
 through 3-1-16*
(*May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on bulk purchases.)
2. NAEYC
3. Amazon

Scroll down to enter the giveaway. . .Did I mention you have 11+ possible ways to enter?

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Enter below for your chance to win in this 3-Day GiveawayEach task you do is another entry for yourself in the drawing! Complete the task and then click that you did it. Tweeting on Twitter and sharing on Facebook can be done DAILY. Other entries are once per giveaway. *NOTE* This giveaway runs from 1/26/16 until 1/29/16 (Ending @ 12:00am EST). This post includes affiliate links.

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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: https://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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23 Jan

Virtual ECE Book Study Registration Reminder

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If you plan to participate (and I hope you do!), be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Enhancing Young Minds (EYM) blog. Then to register, drop me a note stating your participation by visiting the Contact Me page. Include your name and email address. Put “BOOK STUDY” in the subject area and “I PLAN TO PARTICIPATE” (and anything else you’d like me to know) in the message area. Simply follow along each week to access the new discussions about the book. *Note* If you are a MN participant seeking a certificate for MNCPD approved training hours, you’ll need to follow these steps.

Currently, participants are registered from MN, VA, IL, NJ, MT, CA, NC, Canada, and Nigeria! Are YOU?

Do you have the book yet? Now is the time if you don’t! NAEYC comprehensive members should have received this book in the fall (2015). See the links below to purchase a copy of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.
1. Redleaf Press – Use code PROECE to save 10% on Stacie Goffin’s Professionalizing Early
Childhood Education As a field of Practice
 through 3-1-16*
(*May not be combined with other offers or discounts. Not valid on bulk purchases.)
2. NAEYC
3. Amazon 

*Participants are encouraged to fully participate by posting thoughtful and reflective responses (regarding book readings and expert commentaries) in the comments section of the blog post each week  during the blog study (8 reflections). If participants are bloggers themselves and are blogging about this experience and their reflections, they are able to simply post the weblink to their blog post in the blog comments section.

Remember that this book study will be available online after the LIVE study. This allows you to register and begin at any time if my timeline doesn’t fit your schedule. Decide on a pace that works for you.

To access all the book study detailsclick HERE.

 


22 Jan

ECE as a Profession

“If the world were ideal, what conditions would need to be in place to structure ECE as a profession?” This question posed in chapter 3 caught my attention and crystallized for me the essence of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice. We all know the world is not ideal, but we can and should have the courage to improve it with this book by Stacie Goffin. She leads us to think deeply and to take responsibility for the quality of education for young children. The book’s practical suggestions for organizing Conversations with Intent (C/I) give us exactly the guidance needed to move forward and establish ECE as a field of practice.

What a great opportunity we have with this book study blog of Enhancing Young Minds to read, reflect, and talk with colleagues. As we follow Stacie’s model, I am sure we will make meaningful progress. I am optimistic that together we will achieve the goal of professionalizing early childhood education. I look forward to reading your wisdom, starting February 1!

You can find all the book study details HERE.

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Angele Passe ECEAngèle Sancho Passe, author of Evaluating and Supporting Early Childhood Teachers (Redleaf Press, 2015) and other titles, is an early education consultant and writer, past member of the NAEYC governing board. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.


21 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #7 Announced!

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

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Tracy McElhattan!

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Tracy’s career has included many roles in early childhood, including a paraprofessional, a lead classroom teacher, a co-teacher, and an itinerant special education teacher. She has also completed many child screenings and evaluations as an early childhood diagnostician.

Tracy has an M.S. in Teaching, Learning, and Leadership with a concentration in Special Education from Oklahoma State University. In 2014, she completed a Ph.D. in Special Education, with a concentration in Early Childhood Unified Education, from the University of Kansas. While at the University of Kansas, she worked at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project with the Center for Response to Intervention, researching early language and literacy interventions with children at-risk for later reading disabilities. Currently, Tracy serves as the Director of Preschool Ministry at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as a freelance curriculum developer, editor, and speaker for a large religious publisher.

Her passion is helping teachers learn how to create inclusive environments in order for all children to have a successful educational environment. Tracy currently resides in Gardner, Kansas with her husband and two active boys, ages 4 and 1. You can reach Tracy on Twitter at @DrTracyMcE

Tracy will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 8th, 2016, regarding chapter 3 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!


19 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #6 Announced!

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

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Robert Gundling!

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His experience includes: teaching kindergarten and first grade in a public school system, administrator of a variety of Early Care and Education programs, government positions in Early Childhood Education and teaching courses at colleges and universities.

Robert will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 1st, 2016, regarding chapter 3 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


15 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #5 Announced!

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

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Gayle M. Stuber!

Gayle StuberDr. Stuber is an Early Childhood Specialist who recently retired from her position as Early Childhood Coordinator for the Kansas State Department of Education. (1998-2015). Her interest areas include Early Childhood systems, School Readiness and Success, Early Learning Standards, data systems, and leadership. As part of her work, Dr. Stuber worked with professional colleagues and stakeholders to develop Early Learning Standards for Kansas, a Kansas School Readiness Framework, a School Readiness Data Initiative, and administered pre-kindergarten programs for the state. She was also a partner with other early childhood state level professionals in multiple projects, grant writing experiences, and state level work groups. Before coming to the Kansas State Department of Education, Dr. Stuber taught at Baker University for four years (1994-98) and developed early childhood and special education courses. As part of her work at Baker, Dr. Stuber created and implemented a child care center in collaboration with the local school district.

1972: B.S. in Elementary Education
1986:  M.A. in Early Childhood Education
1994:  Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education

Gayle will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 23rd, 2016, regarding chapter 2 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


12 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #4 Announced!

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

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Jill Bella!

Jill BellaJill Bella, Ed.D., is Director of Quality Supports for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University (NLU). In these roles she coordinates and conducts research, training, and consultation for local and state initiatives on the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES) and the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Dr. Bella is a national reliability anchor for the PAS and BAS. She holds a doctorate degree in Adult and Continuing Education from NLU. Dr. Bella also has both a master’s degree in special education/early intervention and a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to joining the Center, she worked at several child care centers and Akron Children’s Hospital as an early intervention specialist and training associate. Dr. Bella’s research interests include organizational climate, advocacy for the early childhood workforce, systems thinking, and early childhood leadership. She is co-author of A Great Place to Work, Inspiring Peak Performance, and Zoom: The Impact of Early Childhood Leadership Training on Role Perceptions, Job Performance, and Career Decisions.

Director, Quality Supports and Assistant Professor
(800) 443-5522, Ext. 5059
jill.bella@nl.edu
@JillMBella

Jill will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 16th, 2016, regarding chapter 2 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


7 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Special Guests #2 & #3 Announced!

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

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Roseann Murphy!

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Roseann Murphy’s early childhood profession spans nearly four decades. Her extensive resume includes positions as a Child Care Advocate, Owner and Director of Infant/Toddler/Preschool Centers, Private In-Home Teacher, Resource and Referral Coordinator, Family Child Care Educator, and trainer. As an Infant Care Specialist  her work includes, Parenting Coach, Early Childhood Teacher, Workshop Leader, and Infant Nutrition Adviser.

Roseann was inspired by the work of Infant Specialist Magda Gerber. She attended the very first RIE trainings in Los Angeles and was a panel presenter at the International Infant Conference presented by Resources for Infant Educarers® Conference held at UCLA Los Angeles in 1979. She is the founder/owner/director of Malibu Infant Toddler Child Development Center and Little River School working with children from infancy through kindergarten. Roseann studied early childhood development at Pacific Oaks in Pasadena and University of California in Los Angeles.

After spending most of her ECE career in Southern California, Roseann now resides in Northern Illinois where she continues her work as a parenting coach, early childhood education consultant, board President of a child development center, foster parent and adoptive parent.

Roseann Murphy provides support and guidance to professionals and parents through private consultations, workshops, classes and through her online collection of written works both by herself and guest writers. Roseann connects with professionals and parents through Essence of Child Caring’s website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest board, and YouTube channel. Roseann Murphy does private parent and early childhood consulting. You can reach Roseann by email at EssenceOfChildCaring@gmail.com. Blog https://essenceofchildcaring.edublogs.org

Roseann is also an artist who loves nature, enjoys organic gardening, caring for her many rescue animals and anything Shabby Chic.

“Pretty much everything this woman, Roseann Murphy, posts about infants and children is worth the time to read. Roseannis an expert in infant and child development. I love that I have such an amazing friend in her. Rock on Roseann” – Lee AnnLang

Roseann will be co-leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

The third guest expert participating in this book study is…

Magdalena Palencia!

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Magdalena S. Palencia has worked extensively in all areas of education. Early in her career Magdalena taught history, Spanish grammar, and geography at some of the most prestigious schools in Argentina, including Escuela de Educacion Tecnica SEGBA, The Catholic University of Argentina, and Instituto 25 de Mayo. As co-founder and director of The Century of the XXI non-profit cultural association, Magdalena worked in conjunction with the Santa Monica Library to elevate cultural awareness of Latin America. As head teacher of Little River School in Malibu, Magdalena applied her expertise in early childhood education to create an innovative curriculum for fostering early development incorporating the latest research and findings in the field.

Apart from personal consulting for parents and educators alike, Magdalena shares her expertise and the latest developments in early childhood education through her blog, A Bilingual Childhood Education Blog by Magdalena S. Palencia. Currently, Magdalena is a Spanish literature and Geography teacher at La Escuela Argentina en Los Angeles, where she is also the acting Vice Principal.

Magdalena will be co-leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

Magdalena’s email is Magdalena.palencia@gmail.com
Blog: http://magdalenaspalencia.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/magdapalencia/

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


5 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Special Guest #1 Announced!

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

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Kyra Ostendorf!

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Kyra Ostendorf is Vice President of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development at Kaplan Early Learning Company. In this role, she is responsible for supporting Kaplan’s internal teams and external partners and customers with regard to the curriculums and assessments that Kaplan publishes and sells. She also oversees Kaplan’s professional development offerings. Kyra’s most recent project at Kaplan has been to bring Connect4Learning: The Pre-K Curriculum to market after its years in development with a leading team of content experts through funding from the National Science Foundation.

Before joining Kaplan, Kyra was the acquiring editor at Redleaf Press for seven years. There she identified and developed prospective authors to add to the Redleaf portfolio resulting in over 200 publications, including:

  • Giants in the Nursery: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice by David Elkind, PhD (2015);
  • Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership by Maurice Sykes (2014);
  • Learning from the Bumps in the Road: Insights from Early Childhood Leaders by Holly Elisa Bruno, Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan, Janet Gonzalez-Mena, and Luis Hernandez (2013);
  • Winning Ways for Early Childhood Professionals series by Gigi Schweikert (2012, 2013, and 2014); and
  • Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 by Brian Puerling (2012).

Kyra was a classroom teacher at the University of Minnesota’s Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School—this foundational experience continues to inform her roles as an editor and provider of content and services.

For the past five years, Kyra has been actively involved with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) National Dialogue. In 2016, Kyra will serve as Chair of the new Affiliate Advisory Council that was formed from the recommendations she helped write while serving on the committee that crafted the recommendations to the governing board for the new NAEYC mission, affiliate structure, and increased member voice.

In addition, Kyra recently completed her tenure on the board of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA), where she was instrumental in leading the two organizations into their collaboration of sharing an executive director and having a joint board of directors.

In 2015, Kyra was named an Emerging Leader by Exchange magazine.

Kyra holds an MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two sons, ages 13 and 9.

@KyraOstendorf

Kyra will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 2nd, 2016, regarding chapter 1 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!