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


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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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

4519D5BF-89B4-4342-915F-2541C6A48A5A[23]BeyondthePages.Goffin.2015[1]This virtual ECE book study will officially begin on Feb. 1st with the first expert commentary releasing on Feb. 2nd.

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!