Dr. Kamania Wynter-Hoyte &
Dr. Eliza Braden
The NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 “Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award,” for Teacher Educators are Dr. Kamania Wynter-Hoyte and Dr. Eliza Braden. Dr. Wynter-Hoyte and Dr. Braden are both Assistant Professors at the University of South Carolina (USC), and are being honored together due to the collaborative nature of their work, and the powerful impacts of that collaboration. The nomination materials of these two educators highlighted the myriad ways in which they touch the field of early childhood literacies, deeply impacting the academic conversation, the education of pre-service teachers, and the experiences of young children and practicing educators. Their work on culturally relevant teaching, and the textured ways they use this perspective to shape early childhood education are a powerful example of leadership in our field Dr. Braden and Dr. Wynter-Hoyte provide invaluable support to the Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA) of NCTE through their leadership on the Affirmative Action Committee. The voice that they offer, as well as the resources they provide are essential to the identity and function of the ECEA. It is impossible to encompass the far-reaching work of these two educational leaders, from their work in the Urban Education Cohort and Urban Education Collaborative, Race, Equity, and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education (REACH), their participation in Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching (PDCTR), and their ever-growing body of scholarship. In considering the already vast work of these two leaders, it is clear that they are doing work to shape communities, and to shape the worlds of young children, looking for every point of access to provide support and to effect change. As stated in their nomination:
What separates Dr. Wynter- Hoyte and Dr. Braden from many other early career teacher educators is that they do not engage in this work merely to add lines to their CVs. They engage because of strong convictions about affecting change and they are dedicated to moving beyond the university walls to situate their work in schools and communities. Consequently, their efforts jointly and individually result in profound differences in the lives of children, preservice teachers, practicing teachers, and their university colleagues. The Early Childhood Education Assembly is honored to bestow this award upon such a powerful team of early childhood teacher educators.