This is my first week sharing information with you about my selected organization. The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) is found at www.naecte.org. NAECTE was created and is sustained by members with a common interest in teacher education. Their purpose is to promote professionalism, professional growth, advocate, discuss issues, share information, and provide a Journal and Conferences to support growth and learning in the field.
I first looked for a newsletter that I could subscribe to and found that they produce a newsletter quarterly. I was disappointed because I wouldn’t be receiving weekly updates from the organization. The most recent newsletter is dated Summer 2012 and its main focus is on preparation for the Professional Development Institute from the beginning of June. The NAECTE meets during the NAEYC’s Professional Development Institute and the NAEYC’s fall conference. The newsletter also included highlights from 3 regional reports. The highlight for me was the focus on Growing up WILD: Exploring nature with young children. I had heard about this resource, but their information clarified the purpose of the resource in helping educators bring kids into nature and feel confident in the process.
My next exploration into this site was their Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. Through my studies already, I have used this journal in locating additional information. The purpose of the Journal is to “provide a forum for consideration of issues and for exchange of information and ideas about research and practice in early childhood teacher education.” Currently there is a call for papers for a special edition titled “Early Childhood Teacher Education: Why does it matter? How does it matter?” This may be one that I need to get my hands on when it comes out!
The primary issue or trend that this organization is focused on is the development of quality teacher education programs. There are three policies that they state should be included in every certification agency and school district.
1. Require an early childhood certificate and/or endorsement for those teaching in classrooms for children five years old and younger in state funded pre-kindergarten and in kindergarten programs.
2. Give priority in hiring and placement to teachers with an early childhood certificate and/or endorsement for public school classrooms for six, seven, and eight-year-olds (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades).
3. Require that early childhood certification and/or endorsement be based on completion of teacher preparation programs that meet professional preparation standards consistent with those established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Stay tuned for more information about this organization in future blog posts! AND – I did find a professional contact! Next week I hope to share some information with you from a home-child-care provider in England.