17 Dec

BOOK STUDY GIVEAWAY FROM REDLEAF PRESS!

RLP name and leaf only CMYKExciting news! As an Enhancing Young Minds sponsor for the Beyond The Pages book study, Redleaf Press is graciously donating one copy of the chosen book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity! I hope you’ll enter the giveaway and participate in this innovative book study event. The more participants involved, the more perspective and insight shared! See below for the book description:

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“Relationships play an important role in human development, especially in the first years of life. Bridging the Relationship Gap provides tools and encouragement to be the strong, positive, and nurturing adult these children need in order to thrive.

Learn more about the factors that contribute to the achievement and relationship gap including ecological, biological, and cultural differences. Most importantly, find many tools and resources to help you more effectively deal with the tough situations and become each child’s strongest ally.”

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. Scroll down to enter the giveaway. . .Did I mention you have 11 possible entries? See below for details.

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Enter below for your chance to win. Each 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 12/17/16 until 12/31/16 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

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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*
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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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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!


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.

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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!


4 Jan

ECE Book Study GIVEAWAY from Redleaf Press!

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Exciting news! As an Enhancing Young Minds partner for the Beyond The Pages book study, Redleaf Press is graciously donating TWO Professionalizing Early Childhood As a Field of Practice books! I hope you’ll enter the giveaway and participate in this innovative book study event. The more participants involved, the more perspective and insight shared! Click on the book image for a sneak peek inside! 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. Scroll down to enter the giveaway. . .Did I mention you have 11+ possible entries? See below for details.

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Enter below for your chance to win. Each 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 1/4/16 until 1/20/16 (Ending @ 12:00am EST).

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4 Jan

Mondays with M.E.: UNLEASHING THE INSTINCT TO PLAY

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PATHWAYS TO JOY, COMPETENCE, AND CREATIVITY

Gray,Peter_bookPsychologist and research professor Peter Gray had spent years studying the biological foundations of emotions in rats and other mammals. But when his 9-year-old son had an angry outburst in the principal’s office, Peter was moved to tears and soon found himself shifting his research focus to studying education from a biological perspective. His conclusions about what is missing from children’s lives are addressed in a powerful way in his book Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant and Better Students for Life. Whatever the age of your children, Peter’s conversation with Marti & Erin will lead you to careful reflection on how to support your child’s success and happiness. TUNE IN HERE!

Think about the past week. How much time has your child spent playing without adult direction? How about doing pretend play (dramatic play) with other children? What did you learn in this Mom Enough interview with Peter Gray about the benefits of this kind of play? How can you create more opportunities for your child to exercise creativity through free play? Leave a reply below.

For Peter’s Psychology Today blog, click here.

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21 Dec

Mondays with M.E.: RAISING YOUR SPIRITED CHILD

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A CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR MARY SHEEDY KURCINKA

Kurcinka,Mary Sheedy_book spiritedLet’s face it; some children have us walking on eggshells. They get rattled when something interferes with their usual routine. If we try to rush them out the door in the morning – or if they’ve missed a couple hours of sleep – they may go into a complete meltdown. Parent educator and author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka calls these children “spirited” and, in her popular book, Raising Your Spirited Child (just released in its 3rd edition), helps us understand what’s going on in the brains and bodies of these children. In this week’s Mom Enough show, Mary offers practical, concrete tips for helping a spirited child adapt and thrive. Marti & Erin have some stories and insights about the spirited children in their own family, too! TUNE IN HERE

How does this week’s guest, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, define what she calls the “spirited child”? Do you have or know a child who fits that profile? What in this Mom Enough discussion helped you better understand that child’s behavior and think about what you can do to help that spirited child (and those around him or her) be more comfortable and adaptable? Comment below. For Mary’s resources, click here.

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7 Dec

Beyond the Pages: Next Book Study Choice!

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Stacie Goffin is the Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group. Established in 2004, the Goffin Strategy Group dedicates itself to building early childhood education’s ability to offer effective programs and services to young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development. Stacie works with local and state non-profits, philanthropy, governments, and national organizations. A widely published author, Stacie’s conceptual leadership focuses on advancing early childhood education as a professional field of practice.

Prior to forming the Goffin Strategy Group, Stacie led the five-year effort to reinvent the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s [NAEYC] early childhood program accreditation system. This effort resulted in a newly designed delivery system, updated accreditation criteria, and first-ever national program standards for early childhood education programs serving children from birth through kindergarten.

A former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, professor in higher education, and preschool educator, Stacie served as the founding chair of multiple organizations, including the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Kansas City’s Metropolitan Council on Early Learning, and the West Virginia Network for Young Children.

Stacie is an author of several seminal publications, including Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education (with Valora Washington); Early Childhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession; and the recently released Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. Both her writing and presentations have earned her a well-respected reputation as an agent for change.

You can learn more about Stacie Goffin online by visiting her webpage. Stacie will be closing our What If Everybody Understood Child Development? book study and announcing our next study book choice on Dec. 7th. (Just learning about my book study? Access the fall book study HERE**IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS STUDY: Please complete this short survey! http://goo.gl/forms/WBU0YPYdAT Thank you!

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“You’ve spent the last several months reading and thinking about Rae Pica’s book, What If Everybody Understood Child Development? And now you’re about to read its concluding blog.

Rae’s book topic is an important one. Few early educators question the importance of child development knowledge as fundamental to meaningful and impactful interactions with young children. Being literal in the extreme, though, what if, in fact, everybody understood child development and its importance in furthering children’s early learning and development? If this were the case, what is now central to early childhood education’s (ECE) occupational expertise would be commonplace, minimizing the societal contribution of ECE’s specialized knowledge and undermining its stature as an occupation that makes a difference in children’s lives.

The sentences above are unlikely to materialize, but here’s why they still merit our consideration.

book imageWithout an arguably unique societal contribution, ECE cannot be formally identified as a professional field of practice. Without a defining purpose that distinguishes our knowledge and skills from commonly held information or from the contributions of other fields of practice, ECE cannot claim public recognition as a profession. When considered in this way, Rae’s book title offers the perfect segue to our next blog book study of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

Let’s return to the question of ECE’s unique contribution to children’s early learning and development. 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?

The next 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, these questions are not easy to answer. They push us to critically consider our fragmented state and the divergences that exist between our aspirations for ECE as a field of practice and the field’s current status. They push us to question ECE’s current trajectory as a field of practice and what we can do about it.

A Defining Moment in Time

This is a defining moment for ECE. Few of us familiar with ECE are unaware of its struggle to fulfill its ambitions as a field of practice. Even though the ECE field is receiving increased recognition of its importance and is experiencing significant growth in policy support and funding, it continues to be characterized by a fragmented delivery system, reliance on an underdeveloped workforce, and uneven public respect. Despite the best of intentions, we remain a divided field of practice and lack what it takes to ensure that each and every child with whom we interact as early educators experiences an optimum early learning experience.

Further, this reality is unlikely to change unless the ECE field comes to terms with its lack of organization as a unified field of practice with defined expectations and accountabilities for a competent and responsible workforce.

Advancing ECE as a Professional Field of Practice

A budding movement is emerging in response to this crisis of fragmentation—a drive to organize ECE as a professional field of practice united by a shared overarching purpose, defining body of knowledge and practice, common professional identity, and accountability to one another, as well as to children and families.

Because of the nature of ECE’s work, few would question that it ought to be a profession and be recognized as such. Yet to qualify as a recognized profession, ECE will have to have attributes that define professional occupations—criteria such as a prescribed scope of work as a field of practice and formal preparation as a prerequisite to being licensed to practice.

This will require us to move beyond ECE’s history of willingly accepting people into the “profession” with varying education levels, credentials, and competencies, and ensuring that early educators are prepared to facilitate children’s learning and development prior to interacting with them and their families in formal early learning settings.

These are not trivial shifts in thinking. Advancing ECE as a recognized professional field of practice requires us to move beyond changes targeting incremental program improvements and instead engaging in the demanding but energizing work of transforming ECE as a field of practice.

The time has come for envisioning ECE as a recognized profession and determining how this will be achieved. The time has come for us to step forward, take charge of change, and confront the choices that becoming a professional field of practice will demand of us.

Many other fields of practice have confronted similar turning points: medicine, physical and occupational therapy, nursing, and architecture, to name a few. We can learn from their journeys. We can unify ECE as a field of practice, increase our individual and collective competence, and promote greater consistency in what children learn and are capable of doing across early learning settings.

Although professions vary in how they’re organized, they share the commonalities that are the hallmark of professional fields of practice. The work ahead, by definition, will be dynamic and emergent. This means it won’t be possible to devise an all-inclusive action blueprint in advance of starting ECE’s journey. Nor will a viable approach likely emerge in response to someone driving a predetermined change agenda. Rather, the work has to be driven by our shared vision for the field’s future, the choices we make regarding ECE’s defining purpose and character, and an openness to learning while we’re in the midst of change.

There is a starting place for the work, though — conversations with intent. These are conversations that engage us in personal and collective reflections that invite thinking together about creating an alternative future for ECE as a field of practice. Catalyzing these conversations is the focus of Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. As Robert Fritz underscores for us, “We have been trained to think of situations that are inadequate to our aspirations as problems. When we think of them as problems, you are taking action to have something go away: the problem. When you are creating, you are taking action to have something come into being: the creation.”[1]

By focusing on the future we want to create for ECE as a professional field of practice, we have the shared opportunity to help ECE realize its potential. Fulfilling this aspiration depends on each of us — individually and collectively — to become engaged with redirecting ECE’s trajectory. Your engagement in the next book blog study will begin your personal journey in this direction.”

Stacie Goffin
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/goffinstrategygroup/about-us
Copyright: Goffin Strategy Group, LLC, 2015

[1] R. Fritz. (1989). Path of least resistance: Learning to become the creating force in your own life. New York: Fawcett Columbine, p. 11, italics in original.

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