23 Feb

Beyond The Pages ECE Book Study: Chapter 2 (Week 4)

By Gayle Stuber

Gayle StuberStart with yourself—and consider what you want for the system in which you work.

What would you keep? What would you change in this system?

Field of Practice: the purpose of the field in question revolves around performance of a specialized and shared competence.  A ‘field’ is an invisible world filled with mediums of connections: an invisible structure that connects.

I have read and re-read both Chapter 1 and 2 to get started on this discussion—or, to use the author’s words, dialogue.  Chapter 2 is truly a way to begin the reflection needed—in a collective manner!—first individually and then, Read More

22 Feb




Papernow,Patricia_book2Becoming a step family is a huge transition for everyone involved. What are the common emotional issues for children when a parent marries and how can all the adults pull together to help children adapt in a healthy way? What is the appropriate role for a step parent when it comes to discipline? How do families avoid unnecessary competition or disagreement between step parent and birth parent? Dr. Patricia Papernow has focused on step family relationships throughout her career, and she is step-mom to three adult children and step grandma to six. She brings realism, sensitivity and wisdom to this fascinating discussion with Marti & Erin! >>TUNE IN HERE<<

Are you a step parent or do you have a step parent? What has been good about your experience and what has been difficult? Based on what Dr. Papernow said in this Mom Enough discussion, what might have helped you and your family face some of the challenges of being step family? With whom would you like to share this helpful audio show?

For Dr. Papernow’s 7 tips for parenting, step parenting and discipline in stepfamilies, click here.


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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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BeyondthePages ECE book Study

15 Feb




Financial parenting guest Dr. Joyce SeridoMost of us probably know a young adult who has maxed out credit cards, failed to live within a budget, been blindsided by unexpected expenses and gone running home to Mom and Dad for a bailout. And most of us probably hope (or swear) that our kids won’t make those same bad decisions. So, what can we do right now, whatever the ages of our children? Read More

14 Feb

Adventures in Eating: A Passport to Flavor – February

This month, we’re kicking off the new “Passport to Flavor” series that will explore different cultures and their food traditions. We hope you find this information useful in your work with children and families from various cultures, as well as a source of ideas on how to teach children about other cultures. Our first guest blogger is Maria Paez-Sievert a SNAP-Ed educator with the University of Minnesota Extension who will be sharing her perspective on the Mexican culture.

Mary SchroederMary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources.  Specifically the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community professionals.  You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/health/

Mary Schroeder, MPH, RD, LD
Extension Educator
Health and Nutrition
University of Minnesota Extension
Email: hedin007@umn.edu
Website: www.extension.umn.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UMNExtFD Live Healthy, Live Well 


Maria Paez-SievertHola (hello), my name is Maria Paez-Sievert. I was born and raised and Mazatlán, Mexico, and came to live in the USA 21 years ago. Prior to working for Extension, I worked at Head Start for 14 years.

My favorite food from Mexico is called “Mole Poblano.” It contains about 20 ingredients, including chili peppers and chocolate, which helps give the sauce its dark color. Another food I enjoy is Read More

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




Elison,Jed_FB2In the early months of life, a child grows and learns by leaps and bounds, making sense of language, emotions, social interactions and countless other aspects of the world around them. Between six months and one year there is a particular burst of development that is a veritable “social revolution.” But, as groundbreaking research is showing, children later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show observable differences from their typically developing peers by Read More

5 Feb

Bam!Radio: Active Learning

How Too Much Collaboration Can Hinder Learning…

Rae Pica with Michael Godsey, Sophia Dembling

active learning picThough active learning, collaboration, and group projects have grown in popularity, there are limits every teacher should understand.


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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