8 Feb

Winner! SENSORY STONEZ & STEPPERZ GIVEAWAY

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A winner has been randomly selected for the ONE STEP AHEAD SENSORY STONEZ & STEPPERZ GIVEAWAY

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8 Feb

Mondays with M.E.: EARLY SIGNS OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER

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A CONVERSATION WITH DR. JED ELISON FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

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


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


1 Feb

Mondays with M.E.: SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

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COMMON PROBLEMS AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM

Adler,Katie_hs Speech and languageFor young children, speech and language development occurs at varying rates. So how do you know when your child is just learning at his or her own pace or when there might be a speech problem that needs further assessment or intervention? If there is a problem with articulation or fluency, how might that influence other aspects of your child’s learning? And what is the most supportive and helpful way to respond? Read More


31 Jan

Winner: Book Giveaway!

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

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CONGRATULATIONS Paige!

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:

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


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)

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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)

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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!


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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