The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) is found at www.naecte.org. This is my second week discussing this organization and their website. Check out the first week here.
I was a bit disappointed on my further inspection of the organization because in order to get my hands on most things of interest, I need to be a member. At this point, I am not able to afford the membership, so I am left not being able to see most of their resources for teacher educators.
The organization does offer something called ResearchNets to “facilitate scholarly pursuits on collaborative research projects.” This is a community network to allow access to other’s research while you are working on your own, allowing for collaboration and conversation on the topics. The two active ResearchNets are “Teacher Research” and “Technology in Early Childhood Education.”
Other areas of the site that I can access are
- a listing of books published by NAECTE members,
- awards and grants presented by the NAECTE to its members,
- The NAECTE Foundation which raises funds to advocate, support research projects, and offer scholarships,
- Job Announcements (Which they currently have a great opportunity in Baltimore Maryland…), and
There is a page containing five documents, which are their position statements, by-laws, and policies. Happily, the Position Statement reiterates everything that I have learned about early childhood appropriate practice and the importance of certification of our early childhood teachers.
What I found interesting was their second document: The Early Childhood Teacher Certification Toolkit. This toolkit is put together to help individuals or groups battle the powers that be in seeing appropriate laws and requirements be put in place to support the position statement. While we all may not be fighting this particular battle, it is a great resource to read through (or skim), because it provides support and encouragement to persist and know that change happens, even if it seems like a grueling long process…. Something that I need to remember in my current state of unsurity of my future in early childhood. Now I am going to get back to re-reading that first letter of the toolkit!