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)
Elizabeth Morphis * (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)
Ting Yuan* (chair)
Anna Christina (Chris) DaSilva Iddings
Whole Language Umbrella Liaisons (ad hoc)
As the chair and vice chair of the Early Childhood Education Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, Michele Myers and I stand in solidarity with the brave statement put forth by the Black Caucus of NCTE and CCCC denouncing racism and white supremacy. We hope it will be read and absorbed widely.
Erin and Michele
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
AUGUST 21, 2017
THE BLACK CAUCUS OF NCTE AND CCCC DENOUNCES RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY
Within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the Black Caucus has worked tirelessly with other caucuses and social justice-minded scholars and educators to develop resolutions, policies, statements, and task forces to advance the cause of the vulnerable, while centering liberatory and anti-racist teaching practices for all students, particularly Black and Brown students. Given the tragedies in Charlottesville, VA and the U.S. President’s seeming affirmation of white supremacy in his most recent remarks surrounding Charlottesville, we can no longer be silent against the resurgent flames of racial bias burning fervently in this nation.
We cannot be silent because within the larger society white supremacist groups are being fed in our schools, universities, and homes. We cannot be silent as the U.S. President dines on a rhetoric of bigotry, insisting that there is fault on “both sides.” This recalcitrance to the extraordinary ignorance of false equivalence is a disgrace to humanity, anti-intellectual, and boldly racist. Sadly, we know that too many Americans agree with him. We see the U.S. President’s actions as both dangerous and anti-Black. As Black scholars and educators with Black families, it is our duty to resist this element in our society.
Thus, we stand in solidarity with all those who are fighting against the scourges of racism and white supremacy. We further and unequivocally condemn acts of racism—individual, systemic, symbolic, and ideological. We unconditionally condemn terrorist, Nazi, neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and anti-Semitic groups and all other allegiances organized around principles of hatred toward people on the basis of who they are. We reject arguments that defend racist monuments as an issue of free speech, understanding clearly that white supremacy has always surrounded Confederate statues and their Lost Cause myth. Thus, we stand firmly allied and in sympathy with martyrs such as Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, as well as all those who were injured in Charlottesville, VA, last week.
As an advocacy organization committed to combating inequalities and injustices in everyday events, we continue to be outraged and disheartened that the actions of so many of our citizens resemble the systemic bias that persists against Black/Brown, Jewish, Muslim, queer, transgendered, poor, and dis/abled lives. Similar to other publicized events of hatred aimed at populations, groups, and individuals who strive to fight for the human rights of those maligned as citizens, vulnerable people in our country have nonetheless been vilified, demeaned, and brutalized for their voices and political views. We believe that through our reasoned work in English language arts and literacy education, together we can bring about change. The conversations will be uncomfortable, but we must never let comfort exist as the enemy of progress.
Since its founding in 1970, the continuing mission of the Black Caucus has been rooted in this promise of progress—that together we can make the world better by eradicating the moral evils that threaten each of us. Thus, as a way to enhance the professional welfare of language and literacy professionals of African descent who work on all levels from kindergarten through graduate school; who are also members of NCTE and CCCC; and who are committed to vulnerable students, the ideals of justice, and the intellectual, cultural, social, and political
substances of Black life including Black languages, textualities, and histories; we call on NCTE, CCCC, and their membership to take bold actions to affirm racial justice in our collective franchise and to denounce racism and white supremacy in all its manifestations both within and outside our organizations. Further, we request special sessions, reports, and studies from NCTE and CCCC that bring community members and community-based organizations into conversation with our efforts to help us better understand and address white supremacy and its impact on vulnerable lives.
The lives of the vulnerable depend upon our constant struggle to deinstitutionalize white supremacy in all forms pervasive within and outside all institutions in the United States and wherever vulnerable people are both within this nation and around the globe.
ABOUT THE NCTE/CCCC BLACK CAUCUS: The Black Caucus of NCTE/CCCC is an advocacy group of English language arts educators and scholars involved in the teaching and learning of communication skills. The Caucus promotes and supports positive images and meaningful status, i.e. involvement and key leadership roles, for Black professional English language arts educators in NCTE, CCCC, and the profession at large; Initiates and supports resolutions and position statements that result in a broader understanding of language, composition, and literature, maintains a network of Black educators whose interests include appropriate teaching methodologies and practices that foster success for Black teachers and students in language, composition, and literature.
Early Childhood Education Assembly Information and Opportunities
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