A Message from the ECEA Chair:
What does it take to make an Assembly? The answer is YOU. The ECEA is comprised of active committees with busy members just like you who work throughout the year to make this such a successful group. We have a Scholarship Committee that awards three different scholarships to teachers and pre-service teachers to offset the cost of NCTE. We had an Awards Committee that recognizes teachers and teacher-educators who address equity issues with young children in exceptional ways. Our assembly boasts a newsletter, an online journal, and a book series (each with its own chief editor). We have a warm and welcoming get-together after the closing session of the business meeting (always the Saturday of the NCTE conference). Our diligent web-master and listserv communicator make sure information is up-to-date and is sent to the assembly in a timely matter. Our Whole Language Umbrella liaison ensures that our assembly works with other organizations within NCTE in shared interests. The Affirmative Action Committee has compiled a terrific and growing list of resources for educators to address issues of equity in their classrooms, especially as they related to Early Childhood Education. And, the Program Committee puts the entire Day of ECE together – no small task! I want to take a moment to recognize these “behind the scene” individuals as we also prepare to welcome a new board and new officers this November (made possible of course by another working committee – Nominations). Before the conference, we will publicize the names and bios of the promising new leaders of the ECEA, but we want to take some web space before we do that to recognize our hard-working committee members.
Awards and Get Together
Marisa Calubaquib* (co-chair)
María Paula Ghiso
Communications (Newsletter Editor/Website)
Jaye Thiel* (webmaster)
Ranita Cheruvu* (newsletter editor)
Michele Myers* (chair)
Kamania Wynter-Hoyte* (chair)
Susi Long (ex-officio)
Kamania Wynter-Hoyte* (chief editor & chair)
Kindel Turner-Nash (co-editor)
Crystal Glover (co-editor)
Ysaaca Axelrod (co-editor)
Katie Stover (co-editor)
Anna Christina (Chris) DaSilva Iddings
Whole Language Umbrella Liaisons (ad hoc)
Early Childhood Education Assembly Response to the Orlando Shootings and the Anniversary of the Mother Emmanuel Church Murders
Join Early Childhood Educators Across the Country To Affect Change in Schools Now!
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were murdered and over 50 wounded in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. One year earlier, on June 17, 2015, nine people were murdered in Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. One killer targeted members of the LGTBQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) community, many of them Latina/o. The other targeted African Americans. Both were acts of terrorism. Because the Orlando shooter was Muslim, much vitriol was directed toward the entire Muslim community. The Charleston shooter, a professed Christian, prompted no massive discrimination against Christians. Nurtured by anti-LGBTQIA bias and racism, these hate crimes are not anomalies. These acts and the Islamaphobic virtriol that followed the Orlando shooting represent a vivid history of violence and hatred directed against LGBTQIA, Latina/o, African American, and Muslim people within and beyond the United States.
The Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) believes that it is long past time for schools to take a visible and vocal stand against the beliefs that breed these atrocities as well as the more insidious cruelties that occur in our schools every day: the psychological anguish children experience when they feel they must hide their two moms or two dads, their sexual orientation, their explorations of gender identification, their faith, home culture, and languages. This anguish builds when children see no normalized validation of themselves or their families and heritage in school curriculum and materials and as they see their families and communities dismissed, degraded and dehumanized in hallway talk, playground slurs, and uninterrupted discriminatory practices. This is exacerbated when the curriculum has no foundation in teaching children to identify injustices and learn strategies for speaking back to them. (read more...)
Early Childhood Education Assembly Information and Opportunities
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