Archive for November, 2010

Met with my Midwestern Neighbors

I had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association (WECA) conference last Friday. I was invited by the Wisconsin State Affiliate ACCESS group to talk about my personal experiences with the self-study process, and then to talk about the direction ACCESS is headed in supporting Associate Degree faculty as they pursue various avenues of program improvement including, but not limited to, the ECADA process.

It was terrific to sit down with faculty from various institutions who are at different stages of the self-study process. They wanted to hear my story, particularly what it was like to do the stages of self-study within the context of a group or cohort. I think I had as many questions for them as they had for me! I wanted to know what kinds of supports they needed or wished they had as they went through this process. The answer kept coming back to assessment – my good friend!

Yes, I’m a self-proclaimed assessment geek. I don’t know when it happened, but it seems like I’ve always been endlessly curious about student learning and assessment practices that give us systematic ways of looking at student learning – what could be more interesting than that!

ACCESS is working to create resources about the assessment of student learning, especially with the idea that assessment offers us opportunities to make learning visible. Assessment practices also offer us a systematic way to reflect with each other on what we see, and how we might make changes based on the data we collect.

It is clear that Associate degree faculty are at different stages of development with this piece. Some folks are at the beginning of investigating the ECADA process and thinking about how they might want to apply. Others have made that decision and are in the midst of self-study. Others, myself included, are collecting data annually and working to make evidence-based decisions in order to improve student learning.

ACCESS is interested in developing resources that would be useful to all Associate degree faculty, regardless of where you at in the process.

It seems that we need resources that address the following:

1) rubric design

2) data collection – nuts and bolts

3) data analysis

4) reflection – making learning visible (this should probably be woven through each stage)

5) collaboration – working together, use the data to make informed decisions in order to improve student learning

6) rubric review – are we measuring what we set out to measure? Are our assessment practices providing useful data?

In terms of assessment, what else would you like ACCESS to provide for you?

Please complete the simple poll below and feel free to send me an e-mail with detailed suggestions at

I look forward to hearing from you!




Pictures from the ACCESS day in Anaheim

RoundtablesRoundtablesKeynote: Aisha Ray, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Erikson Institute What a day we had! RoundtablesThank you to Mary Garguile, outgoing President of ACCESSCamille Catlett, "Outstanding Achievement in the Field, Parternship Award"

Alison Lutton, Shared Knowledge and Practices Award
Debra Murphy, Gail Perry Teacher Research Award
ACCESS Winners!

Congratulations to our ACCESS award recipients!

Announcing the First Annual ACCESS Awards



We are really pleased to announce that ACCESS and NAECTE are hosting an awards reception tonight in Anaheim. Please see the program below and join me in honoring a group of outstanding colleagues in the field.

2010 National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

2010 American Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Anaheim Marriott, Platinum Ballroom 1

Anaheim, California


NAECTE Welcome: Nancy Freeman, NAECTE President


ACCESS Welcome:              Mary Garguile, ACCESS President


Introduction of Awards: Paula McMurray-Schwarz, Chair NAECTE Awards Committee



NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator Award

Janis Strasser

William Paterson University

Presented by Holly Seplocha, Nominator, and Julie Peters, Pearson

NAECTE/Pearson Outstanding Dissertation Award

Sandra Bequette

Oklahoma State University

Kindergarten Students’ Exploratory Math Talk Within a Collaborative Discourse Community

Presented by Kathryn Castle, Nominator, and Julie Peters, Pearson

NAECTE/Cengage Learning Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner Award

Angela Carr

Kindergarten Teacher

Huntsville City Schools, Alabama

Presented by Amanda Branscombe, Nominator, and Kara Kindstrom, Cengage Learning

Amanda Branscombe will be accepting the award on behalf of Angela Carr

NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding JECTE Journal Article

Janice Kroeger, Sandra Pech, & Jennifer Cope

Kent State University

Investigating Change in Field Sites through Mentor and Candidate Dialogues

Presented by Amos Hatch, Susan Benner, JECTE Editors, and Krish Singh, Taylor and Francis


NAECTE/Taylor & Francis Outstanding JECTE Journal Article Honorable Mention

Linda Hestenes, Karen LaParo, Catherine Scott-Little, Swetha Chakravarthi, Joanna Lower, Angie Cranor, Deborah Cassidy, & Judith Niemeyer

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Team Teaching in an Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Program: A Decade of Lessons Learned

Presented by Amos Hatch, Susan Benner, JECTE Editors, and Krish Singh, Taylor and Francis

NAECTE Foundation Research Award

Desalyn De-Souza

Syracuse University

Child Care Center Directors’ Perceptions of Continuity of Care: A Qualitative Investigation

Presented by Mary Jensen, NAECTE Foundation President


ACCESS Outstanding Achievement in the Field, Partnership Award

Camille Catlett


Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Presented by Mary Garguile, ACCESS President & Kim Horejs, ACCESS VP of Membership

ACCESS Shared Knowledge and Practices Award

Alison Lutton

Senior Director Higher Education Accreditation and Program Support, NAEYC

ACCESS Past President

Presented by Debra Murphy, ACCESS VP of Professional Development & Elisa Huss-Hage, ACCESS Treasurer

ACCESS Gail Perry Teacher Research Award

Debra Murphy


Cape Cod Community College, MA

Presented by Carrie Nepstad, ACCESS President Elect & Nancy Beaver, ACCESS VP of Collaborations

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Greetings from Anaheim!

Hi everyone!

I’m about to walk over to the Marriott Marquis Ballroom Northwest. I look forward to today’s activities and will be posting commentary here throughout the rest of the week. The weather is lovely and the conversation is going to be lively.

I’ll keep you posted – feel free to reply with your own experiences of the conference.




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