A Message from the ECEA Chair:
At our last ECEA board/committee chair/officer meeting, we each spent one minute sharing what we are doing that makes us tick right now. I wish everyone could have joined the meeting for just those fifteen minutes. The group shared stories about culturally responsive teaching pedagogies in Early Childhood classrooms, cutting-edge scholarship, national and international journal editorships, anti-racist curricula development for teacher education programs and most importantly, we shared personal stories about the young learners in our own lives. Undeniable in all of our many stories was an underlying belief that critical Early Childhood education is about working with our nation’s youngest children and their families and teachers to raise a different, better generation of people. That is what being a part of the ECEA is all about, why this space has been my professional home since its inception, and why I am charged up about being the new chair of the ECEA.
To begin to describe the energy and opportunities in this group – from teacher scholarships, awards, publications, a first-rate website, an anti-racist consultants network, resources for Social Justice and Anti-Bias teaching, a Day of Early Childhood program at NCTE that boasts THE most critical and important work being done in Early Childhood Education, a growing and thriving membership, a vision for a unique space at NCTE and beyond – would not be possible. You would have to see it and feel it to believe it…
…which is why I invite you to be a part of us. As a starting point, join us this November at NCTE in Atlanta. The Day of Early Childhood won’t disappoint. Already, we have a program in the works that will amaze and excite you. Come to our business meeting and reception (known as being one of the most fun receptions on the block). Introduce yourselves. Check out our website. Follow us on Facebook. Join a committee. Nominate yourself for a leadership role in our assembly. We are a young assembly but don’t you mind, we have a strong vision for what we want to become. On behalf of the ECEA, I extend a warm welcome to you to 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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