The NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 “Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award,” for Teacher Educator to Dr. Tamara Spencer. She is an associate professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College in California. Dr. Spencer is receiving this award because of her dedication as an early childhood teacher educator to foregrounding social justice in young children’s literacy learning, and supporting pre- and in-service teachers to (1) learn to see, and challenge, how schools function to sort young children through deficit labels; and (2) develop asset-oriented pedagogies that honor the literate, cultural, linguistic, and experiential resources of young children of color. For a small taste of what drives her work in Dr. Spencer’s own words, you can visit the following web video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvUIfBT-4cQ. The Early Childhood Education Assembly is honored to bestow this award upon such a powerful Early Literacy Educator that is making change for the next generation of children.
Below are some of her publications to learn more about her amazing work:
Spencer, T. (2016). A Moment or a Movement?: Examining the Public Discourse on Early Childhood Education in K-3 Classrooms. Perspectives and Provocations. Annual Journal of the Early Childhood Education Assembly for National Council of Teachers of English.