Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

There are three international organizations that were intriguing and that I would like to be apart of my communities of practice:

Association for Childhood Education International– this organization advocates for social change in early childhood education that can help impact the future for our children’s life. They also have a Country Liaison program that networks with other nations to share their educational systems, issues, and trends. I’m really interested in their education innovation which goes beyond quality education, but focuses on health and wellness, environmental sustainability, and gender equality.

UNICEF- I was exposed to this organization during college and it is very helpful with research about various topics. The organization believes that change can take place through extensive research. The research that they find is used to advocate for children’s rights in 190 countries. I also chose it because it would be a great resource for my capstone project.

World Forum Foundation– This organization has a “wordle” that represents them as well, Children. Change. Relationships. Spirit. Differences. These are their core values which leads to my interest in them. They are also a resource for research on various topics related to children’s education, rights, and well being. It also has a research tool that gives you a global connection to a cop of individuals that serve young learners.

Job opportunities

Assistant Director

Education:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Development and management experience in a licensed childcare center or preschool.

Skills:

  • Plan and schedule administrative duties
  • Maintain accurate record-keeping, both state and GSI requirements (eg, children’s files, faculty files)
  • Prepare reports
  • Operate the School within budget
  • Define a maintenance system for faculty (eg, classroom repairs)
  • Arrange for maintenance and repairs

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level

The very first National Organization I have to pick is NAEYC:

“The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.”

NAEYC is such a dynamic association to be a part of, they demand high quality care and support it through research and practice. I have been able to be apart of several NAEYC accredited child care programs and the experience is different from those without it.

The second organization is the Children’s Defense Fund:

“The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.  – See more at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/about/#our-history”

The Children’s Defense fund came out during a stressful time for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. It was led by Marian Wright Edelman who was the first black woman to be a barred lawyer in the state of Mississippi. She stood up for civil injustices in poor families.

 

The third organization is the National Education Association:

“Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.”

Many times we often forget to advocate for those who are practitioners in the field, who are our educators. While we should always advocate for our students we can not forget those who take the task of teaching and leading them.

An opportunity that is available to be a Child Care Trainer in the State of Georgia

Georgia Approved Trainer: trains teachers and other staff in child development centers on various topics such as: injury disease and control, developmentally appropriate practice, diapering and toileting, etc. These trainings are Georgia Approved and can go towards child care center mandated yearly hours for professional development.

Skills to become a trainer:

Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development

3 years of early care and education experience as documented on a résumé

Training for Trainers I, 40 hours

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

There are three communities of practice that appeal to me:

Better Brains for Babies- they are a website for parents, families, and educators that educate and provide resources about a child’s development starting with early brain development. They have researched the many ways to promote positive brain development for families and educators. They are also in partnership with the University of Georgia with research and information. That appealed to me because the University of Georgia has an excellent child and family development program.

The Atlanta Speech School- Rollins Literacy Center- the Rollins Center goes out to child care centers and elementary schools and coaches the teachers on strategies that will promote early literacy. In Georgia, many children are only reading at a third grade level and Rollins supports the fight against that and bettering the teachers and children. They are appealing because I cherish a program that is willing to talk about the issues and help solve them.

Educare Atlanta Network- Educare Atlanta is apart of 22 schools out of the nation that research based in their teaching. They have a partnership with Georgia State University who researches the children’s learning and the teaching practices to see if they are affective and beneficial to the children. Research informs their practice every year in both spring and fall research. They are appealing because they are really interested in  giving students a learning environment that is suitable and useful for them.

I am interested in being a State Child Care Consultant and Georgia Approved Trainer. The requirements for the job include:

Master’s Degree (preferred)

At least five years of technical assistance

At least three to five years in the early childhood setting

The skills I would need would be my Master’s degree and the knowledge of the state licensure rules and regulations to be competent for both positions.

 

Departing from a Team

Adjourning from a group or team allows us the preparation to close those experiences and times with one another. I was apart of a group of educators that gave each other advice and an environment to express your hopes and goals for the families you serve and how to appropriately communicate that with them. This group was very beneficial for me, my teaching, and relationships with my parents. The leader of our group was promoted and left our center abruptly which gave us no time to adjourn. This has left me feeling in the middle of nowhere because we have not concluded anything or continued our group. I’m hoping that we can continue this successful partnership.

Conflict and Communication

Lately their has been an issue of not enough time for lesson and team planning due to a shortage of teachers. As a lead teacher with no assistant teacher and a part time teacher that is not required to do lesson planning it has been a struggle to get lesson plans in on time. I have one hour a week for planning and two hours for team planning, I do not have a team so I do not use that time. To solve this problem several other teachers and I brought up the topic during our staff development day. Our director asked if we could have two weeks of plans put in so that we would not be behind and have time to do other things. This would work for other classes who had two teachers but not for me. Me and another classroom decided to work together on our two weeks, they do one week and I do the next week. We did a trial and showed our supervisor how this would be done and how it is timely and helpful to us all. She approved and we have been doing this ever since.

Two things that I would say are helpful is when having an issue you bring a possible solution to the table and secondly come with great concern. Showing great concern means showing that you are not just complaining but actually wanting to be better and do your job sufficiently.

Perceptions of my Communication

This week my colleague, friend, and I completed three assessments on my communication style and skills. Going into this I felt confident that I am an excellent communicator. The results did show that I am a good communicator with room to improve upon my skills. Those areas of improvement that was found I was already aware of except the pros and cons of being people oriented.

I always viewed being a people person as an all positive attribute.While this style is positive it can also cause interference in my judgement based on the description on the rating scale. This was a great exercise for self reflection in our professional and personal life.

Communicating with Different Groups

We are complex people and our social identities are comprised with so many characteristics. When identifying the characteristics of others who do you communicate with them? Is it different or the same?

I communicate differently when I communicate with groups based on socioeconomic status, education, and culture. As I’ve learned from the Real Communication text situation context is how we switch our language to communicate with others.

Being raised in a different socioeconomic status versus those that I served I know that I have my own biases that have came from my environmental influences. When I communicate with those families I am more empathetic and less judgmental. I try to find the positive things and see the bigger picture out of the actions that some parents display.

Secondly, when communication with those of higher ed or lower education I communicate differently. My vocabulary is more extensive during conversations or paperwork that is written because I feel that it is expected. When communicating especially through flyers or documentation I learn the demographics of who I serve and make sure the message Im relaying is clear and understandable as vocabulary is concerned. Also my documentation is not written so simple that a third grader could understand it because you cannot underestimate their knowledge as well.

Lastly, when communicating with someone who is of a different culture I am inquisitive. The more I ask the more I learn which rids my assumptions and biases. I do this because I do not want my communication to be ineffective or offensive. I do not change who I am but I do ask more questions about their culture than I would of someone that I assume shares the same culture as mine.