A Message from the ECEA Chair: Dinah Volk
We’re Counting on You!
It’s been challenging to take on the chair’s role and I now appreciate Vivian and Mariana’s contributions even more than before.
Conference Update: Presentations during our Day of Early Childhood last November were stimulating and very well attended as were the other EC sessions we sponsored throughout the conference. The Business Meeting and Get-Together at the end of the day provided for lots of relaxing and networking and overflowed the small room assigned. Our developing status as an organization was enhanced when the Elementary Section Steering Committee (with the support of NCTE’s Executive Committee) voted to make a permanent place for an ECEA representative on the ESSC and the Executive Committee voted to pay for an ECEA rep to attend the program planning meeting.
Since the conference we’ve accomplished a lot: Kindel Turner Nash and Brian Kissel and the Publications Committee have initiated work on the first issue of our online, refereed journal; Erin Miller, Program chair, has developed a great program for next fall’s conference; JoBeth Allen, Secretary, has conducted the election for a new secretary; Dana Bentley and Marisa Calubaquib have worked with the Awards Committee to revise and send out the call for nominations; Brian Kissel, Treasurer, Tasha Laman and Julia López-Robertson, Membership Committee, have worked on recruiting new members; and Eileen Blanco and the Affirmative Action Committee are developing a strong position statement on representation of educators of color in the nomination pools for all positions.
We count on the active participation of our membership to make this an even more vital organization. Send announcements to Kindel to post on our listserv and send information to Jaye to post to our website. Nominate teachers and teacher educators for an award. Bring in new members, especially teachers as well as educators of color. Bring your idea for a project to a committee or board member. We’re counting on you!