Archive for October, 2010

ECADA Accreditation: ACCESS Forum for Sharing

How many folks out there are pursuing  NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation (ECADA)?

How many folks are currently accredited, completing annual reports, and thinking about the re-accreditation process?

How many folks are simply not interested in ECADA accreditation?

At ACCESS, we have spent a great deal of time advocating for the development of the ECADA process. Many members have been involved in this process from the very beginning and, as an organization, we have spent much time over the past few years discussing how ACCESS can support folks as they go through self-study and ongoing accreditation. In many ways the SKiP committee (committee of Shared Knowledge & Practices) was born out of the desire to share practices and resources with each other as we reflect on our work and consider how to make that work visible through an accreditation process.

To continue in this direction, ACCESS would like to invite members to participate in ongoing discussions about the types of practices people employ across the country; practices that are often the highlights of the ECADA self-study. Please keep in mind that ACCESS is NOT the place to go for the most up-to-date information on applying for accreditation, taking the steps through the self-study, planning for the peer review, and other logistical details. For this type of information, please go directly to the ECADA section of the NAEYC website and click contact us.

ACCESS instead is interested in providing a forum for sharing about accreditation and the kinds of practices you are employing in your setting. Please join us for what will prove to be an informative and perhaps empowering conversation.

Hit reply or send me an e-mail directly cnepstad@ccc.edu

List Stein, past ACCESS President, and I are in the planning stages of this. If you have ideas of what would be most helpful to fellow members and what this forum could look like, please contact me.

I am looking forward to this ongoing conversation!

For a brief discussion on helping students “become a professional”, please see this post on Carrie’s Blog, which is a blog I am writing for my own personal reflections about my work. There is cross over with the ACCESS blog in terms of topics, but my personal blog will perhaps go more into detail in terms of what I am doing in my own setting in Chicago. Feel free to visit my blog anytime 🙂

White House Summit on Community Colleges today!

The opening session for the first ever White House Summit on Community Colleges is today. If you want to view it live, please click here. Obama will speak at the opening session at 11:00am Central time.

There is a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about this summit. Try here (Inside Higher Education) or here (The Chronicle of Higher Education) for a couple of interesting pieces.

What do you think? Will you have a chance to watch the event? Are you following this? Anyone participating at the event?

The Chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago, where I teach, has been invited to participate and our colleges are setting up viewing areas on each campus. It should be interesting to see how the event unfolds and what folks take away from it.

Let me know what you think.



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