A Message from the ECEA Chair:
Our ECEA officers, board members, and committee members and chairs have all been very active— organizing the membership list, the conference program, and the awards and scholarships; preparing our second online journal and regular newsletter; reaching out to old and new members; and preparing a slate for new board members and some new officers. We have lots of initiatives underway that I’d like you to know about and participate in:
1) If you’re a member, you received information in January through the listserv about revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws to better fit the mission of the organization. On 2/20 you received another message asking for your vote on these revisions. They’ve been approved by the Board and we urge you to approve too. Please note that the window for voting is open until March 22. The most important suggested revision is the following statement on the nomination process:
To ensure that the group of elected, appointed, and ex-officio officers plus committee chairs is racially diverse, the Nominating Committee and the ECEA Chair and Assistant Chair will consider the demographics of the current group of officers. If at least half of the members of that group are not educators of color, the Nominating Committee and the Chair and Assistant Chair will draw from the example of NCTE policy (Policies to Promote Diversity and Inclusion within the Council: to ensure that at least half of the incoming group of officers are person of color. They will do this by creating slates for elected officers on which all nominees are persons of color and/or by appointing persons of color to the appointed positions.
2) The chair of our Membership Committee, Haeny Yoon, will be initiating efforts to expand our membership. Check with our Treasurer, Brian Kissel (email@example.com), to make sure you are up-to-date on your dues. Urge colleagues and friends to join. You can find more information on this website as well as a Paypal link for paying.
3) The chair of our Nominations Committee, Michele Myers, will be working with her committee to put together a slate of candidates for the Board, and Treasurer and Vice Chair. The nominees for the latter two positions will all be persons of color. This process will only be effective if you take on the task of nominating strong candidates
4) Share information on the Whole Language Umbrella's Summer Institute, especially with classroom teachers. Carol Felderman and Sally Brown have worked with them to organize an EC strand and critical literacy symposium. www.ncte.org/wlu/institute
5) The Professional Dyads and Culturally Responsive Teaching Project, directed by Susi Long and Erin Miller and the Affirmative Action Committee, is seeking applicants for a new cohort. There’s a link on this website.
6) Stay tuned for new developments on the website. Jaye Johnson Thiel, our Webmaster, will be developing the Social Justice and Equity tab.
Dinah Volk, Chair
Affirmative Action Committee Statement on the Role of Early Childhood Education and Racism
Cynthia Hurd – Susie Jackson - Ethel Lance – Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor -
The Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney - Tywanza Sanders –
Reverend Daniel Simmons, Sr. – Reverend Sharonda Singleton - Myra Thompson
Their lives were taken from us two days ago as they engaged in Bible study at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Our hearts break as we honor them and send our warmest embrace to their families, their church family, and the people of Charleston.
We urge our friends and colleagues not to think of this as the isolated action of a crazy person but as one more in a long string of racist actions that remind us all too vividly of the racist acts of years gone by, recognizing that racism is enacted in these very visible ways but also subtly, insidiously in worlds in which we interact every day. We believe strongly that, as early childhood educators, we have a clear responsibility and essential role to play in educating tomorrow's adults so that this kind of hatred and racism is no longer a possibility. We turn to South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn who called out "the appalling silence of good people" and we urge educators everywhere to work with others to break that silence. The statement below was written and posted by our committee two days before the Charleston murders. With this preface, we offer it once more.
The Affirmative Action Committee of the Early Childhood Education Assembly
June 19, 2015
Full Statement About the Role of Early Childhood Education and Racism, June 15, 2015
Resources for Educators Focusing on Anti-Racist Learning and Teaching
Early Childhood Education Assembly Information and Opportunities
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