Archive for June, 2010

We are here in AZ and it’s HOT!

Wow, it is a big change for me to travel from Chicago to Arizona. It was starting to get hot at home (and humid) but this is an entirely different level of hot! I’m glad it is dry, but this kind of heat sneaks up on you.

Debra Murphy and I took a walk around the conference areas yesterday to get oriented. Things seem to be in order.

We found out that we had both chosen the same session to attend this morning without knowing it – great minds think alike!

We will attend “Teaching and assessing ethics online: Emotional intelligence, dispositions, and professional ethics”. Doesn’t that sound interesting?

My colleague from Chicago and an ACCESS member, Jennifer Asimow is presenting along with colleagues Catherine Main from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Kathleen Sheridan from National-Louis University.

After the morning session, the ACCESS Board will meet for several hours to talk about where the organization is at, and where we are going. Any suggestions? Please leave a comment!

Tonight at 7:30 there will be a NAEYC Rally entitled, “Creating a welcoming, supportive climate for ALL young children and families in early childhood education.

I’ll keep you posted on the events.


ACCESS Day in Phoenix – the schedule


For those of you who are not coming to Phoenix, don’t worry. We will be posting updates throughout the week.

7:30 AM- 8:00 AM        Breakfast and Business meeting (sponsored by Cengage),

A few words from Cengage. Reports from the ACCESS Board

Mary Garguile, ACCESS President, Carrie Nepstad, President Elect

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM       An exploration of teacher research as a reflective practice across all levels of learning

Daniel Meier and Barbara Henderson, authors of Learning From Young Children in the Classroom: The Art and Science of Teacher Research

Examine teacher research in terms of definition, methodology, skill-building, reflection, and dissemination. Discuss uses for teacher research in the early childhood setting and in the adult classroom. Consider the role research skills can play in ongoing reflection. ,

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM    Creating a Community of Inquiry: Chicago City Colleges Teacher Research Project

Carrie Nepstad, Chicago City Colleges; Donika Gigger, Chicago City Colleges;  Debra Murphy, Cape Cod Community College

Follow the development of the Chicago City Colleges teacher Research Project, designed to create a community of inquiry and strengthening the connections between the City College Early Childhood programs and the Lab Schools and community programs and staff. Harold Washington College student Donika Gigger will talk about her experience as a Teacher Researcher as one facet of the project. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they can begin to implement Teacher Research in their settings.

12:45 PM -1:45 PM       Lunchtime Chat with Sue Bredekamp (sponsored by Pearson) We will have a buffet lunch. Those that sent an RSVP are served first and others are then welcome to share J

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM        Roundtable Discussions

  • Preparing Teachers to be Evidence-Based Decision-Makers

Pam Winton, CONNECT and Lisa Stein, Atlantic College. The CONNECT project has developed free online instructional modules for 2-year and 4-year early childhood faculty to use to enhance their personnel preparation.  The modules are organized into a 5-step learning cycle organized around real life dilemmas.  They build learners’ abilities to be reflective practitioners capable of making evidence-based practice decisions.  The session will provide an overview of the modules and the reflections from an ACCESS member who has been part of the pilot test of the modules.,

  • How do you encourage and support the development of emotional intelligence in your students?

Elisa Huss-Hage, Owens Community College. Explore and share ideas about incorporating principles of emotional intelligence into your daily encounters with students, both in and out of the classroom.  It can be argued that intentionally including this practice into your own teaching can result in students obtaining some of the most important social tools necessary to become successful teachers of young children.  Consider current best practices in modeling and mentoring while sharing your own meaningful experiences with students.

  • My Journey into Teacher Research (Feet First!)

Debra G Murphy, Cape Cod Community College. We will explore and discuss my experience of implementing Teacher Research first in one, then in three more courses at Cape Cod Community College over the past academic year. I will share the steps I took, the resources I used, and the lessons learned.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM A discussion with Stephanie Feeney about ethics in early childhood and teacher education

Stephanie Feeney, University of Hawaii. Explore new materials on ethical conduct in early childhood education. Discuss implications in teacher education. Consider how to infuse the Code of Ethical Conduct across the curriculum.

PDI in Phoenix, controversy or not?

As of the writing of this post, ACCESS as an organization does not have an official position on the Arizona immigration law. I personally was just wondering what people in the field are thinking about.

*How might laws like this affect young children and their families as well as associate level students? What points are important to consider?

I googled “Arizona immigration law”and pulled up the following stories:

  • A poll from USA Today suggests that more Americans want AZ style immigration laws
  • LA County votes to boycott AZ over immigration law
  • Feds challenge immigration law.

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