An Outgoing Message from the ECEA Chair:
This year has been a busy one for the ECEA and this website can only begin to provide a glimpse of everything we’re doing. In particular I want to direct your attention to the powerful work of the Affirmative Action Committee which will soon appear under the heading “Social Justice and Anti-Bias Teaching in Early Childhood Education”. There are position statements about the importance of anti-racist work with young children, detailed lists of resources, and an annotated list of consultants who can help further anti-racist work in your workplace. The committee also collaborated with NCTE to produce video clips of interviews of early childhood teachers and teacher educators in our PDCRT project describing their work with children. We’ll be updating the website soon to make access to these resources more user-friendly. Please use these resources and let us know what you are doing.
For those of you who heard Louise Derman Sparks’ thought- and action-provoking presentation at the 2015 NCTE conference and want to re-listen or share it with colleagues (or if you missed it!), a link to the audio presentation will soon be posted as one of the above mentioned resources. If you missed Claudette Cole’s wonderful talk about her Barbershop Literacy project, be sure to ask someone who was there about it. Claudette truly exemplifies our motto: THE AUDACITY OF CHANGING THE FACE OF EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION
This is my last chair’s report. I’ll be turning the task over to a very accomplished team of ECEA members including Erin Miller, Chair; Eileen Blanco Dougherty, Assistant Chair; and Bilal Polson, Treasurer. Tara Lencl will be continuing her great work as Secretary for another year. Our new board consists of Ysaaca Axelrod, Crystal Glover, Ana Christina da Silva Iddings, Candace Kuby, Iliana Reyes, and Haeny Yoon. I also want to acknowledge the amazing work of Erin Miller, the present Assistant Chair, Brian Kissel, Treasurer, and our present board: Janice Baines, Marisa Chin-Calubaquib, Ranita Cheruvu, Carol Felderman, Tasha Laman, Julia López-Robertson, and Bilal Polson.
I know that the new leadership team will continue to deepen our challenging and exciting work as partners and advocates, as teachers and learners, with young children and their families and teachers within and across diverse communities. Join us!
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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