Early Childhood Educators who are committed to thoughtful, student-centered, culturally-responsive literacy teaching are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the National Council of Teachers of English's annual conference.
The winners of the scholarship will receive a monetary award ($300) to support conference attendance, a year membership to the Early Childhood Education Assembly, and the opportunity to write an entry regarding their experiences at the NCTE Day of Early Childhood for the ECEA website. The website is a generative medium to spark conversations between early childhood teachers and teacher-educators who share common interests within the ECEA Assembly. Scholarship awards will be made on the Day of Early Childhood at NCTE’s Annual Convention.
Applications will be reviewed by the ECEA Teacher Scholarship Committee. Applications should include the following:
● A letter (1-2 page, double spaced) addressed to the ECEA Professional Development Committee describing the nominee’s commitment to early literacy teaching/learning and to the vision of the scholarship to which they are applying. The letter may also include photographs or student work that illustrates applicants’ early literacy pedagogies.
● Nominee’s contact information (Name, Grade Level(s) taught, school/institution, location)
Both third-party nominations and self-nominations will be considered.
For more information about the application please download the document below:
Dr. Dinah Volk has spent her career studying issues of bilingualism, multilingual education, and home and community language and literacy practices across diverse cultural contexts. She is a firm advocate for more culturally sustaining pedagogies in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Volk draws upon her expertise in guiding pre-service teachers to learn and honor the home and community literacies of young children in her tireless efforts to improve Early Childhood Education. She brought this expertise to her role as 2014-2015 Chair of the Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA), dedicated to the ongoing growth of the Assembly, and promoting its role and national recognition as primary contributor to the field at large. This preservice teacher scholarship will be given to a pre-service teacher who has shown commitment to better understanding how to use the rich resources children bring to school from their homes and communities as a platform for educational achievement in schools.
The Vivian Vasquez Teacher Scholarship Throughout her career, Dr. Vivian Vasquez has advocated for critical literacy by supporting young children in deconstructing and reconstructing texts in their everyday worlds and situating inquiry within young children’s rich repertoires of interests and practices, such as technology and popular culture. Dr. Vasquez’s advocacy for teacher research conveys her perspective of teachers as professionals uniquely positioned to investigate and change classroom practices. This scholarship is awarded to an Early Childhood teacher or teacher researcher who honors the work of Vivian Vasquez by encouraging young children to be critical inquirers and activists for social change.
The Mariana Souto-Manning Teacher Scholarship Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning’s work in early childhood education takes a critical approach to schooling in multicultural and multilingual contexts. Through collaborative research, Dr. Souto-Manning has provided opportunities for teachers and young children alike to critically interrogate how dominant school practices position diverse learners, and how they can take action to (re)position themselves. This scholarship is awarded to an Early Childhood teacher who honors the work of Mariana Souto-Manning by exploring critical perspectives of early schooling experiences among diverse children and families.
The 2019 Vivian Vasquez Teacher Scholarship Recipient
Ms. Jaggers is a first grade teacher in Louisville, Kentucky and has been part of the Professional Dyads for Culturally Relevant Teaching. Wanda’s first grade classroom and her teaching practices honors the work of Vivian Vasquez by encouraging young children to be critical inquirers and activists for social change. She embraces culturally sustaining pedagogies and Afrrocentric Praxis as her first grade learners engage in rich literacy events. The Early Childhood Education Assembly is honored to bestow this Vivian Vasquez Teacher scholarship award to such a deserving educator.