Friday, March 29, 2013

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level

National/Federal Organizations that appeal to me:

 The National Association for the Education of Young Children
·         I chose NAEYC because they are the largest and most recognized early childhood professional organization.  They provide resources to EC professionals and their practices shape much of the early childhood programs today, accredited or not.  They are pretty much the industry standard.

National Head Start Association              
·         The National Head Start Association provides advocacy and support for the nation’s head start programs.  They provide a variety of services to the head start community including referrals, professional development, job opportunities, scholarships, marketing, and more.  I am drawn to head start because they provide early education to children in need. 

·         The YWCA is one the nation’s oldest and largest organization that is dedicated to serving women and children.  I picked this organization because the San Antonio branch of the YWCA teaches a program to my parenting class to help them become better parents.  They have a great message of strengthening families and empowering women.

Job Opportunities that appeal to me:

Master Teacher: Pre K for San Antonio
·         Skills and experience needed for this job are a Bachelor’s degree in education and at least 3 years of early childhood teaching experience.  Preferred experience is five years with special education endorsements.  Must be certified to teach in the state of Texas and hold a class c driver’s license.   Experience in lesson planning, curriculum development, and planning in professional development is preferred.   Salary is $60,000 to $90,000 based on experience.  The position is year-round, full-time.

Senior Director, NAEYC Academy
·         (I am definitely not qualified for this position, but it looks like an exciting and fulfilling career).   The Senior Director works with the NAEYC staff to ensure that the programs meet the gold standards of early childhood education that have been established by the association.  They work with the states to promote NAEYC accreditation and standards.  Qualifications are advanced degree in nonprofit management, business administration and/or early childhood education/child development.  Must have experience in management of EC programs in addition to organizational and leaderships skills.  Must be willing to travel.   Position is at the Washington D.C. headquarters.

YWCA  Precious/Minds New Connections & Mi Carrera educator
·         This position is not available, therefore I am not sure of the actual qualifications.  However, I have worked with this program in my teen parenting class for several years.  I am fairly sure I would qualify with my education and experience.  The position entails teaching the two programs to parenting groups.  Groups include teen parents, parents in prison and on probation, and parents from head start programs.  Having seen the program, I am very impressed with the message and believe the program to be quite effective.  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community: Local and State Levels

Three local or state organizations or communities of practice that appealed to me:
  1. The Northeast ISD School-age parenting program.  The program is well-established within the district and I already have a relationship with them.  They are committed to helping teen parents and their children.
  2. City of San Antonio City Council district council woman Ivy Taylor.  She is on the board of Healthy Futures of Texas which is an organization that is committed to preventing teen pregnancies.
  3. Healy-Murphy Center.  Offers an alternative high school program to pregnant and parenting teens.  The school has an on-site daycare.  This is very similar to the program I would like to start in NEISD.

Job opportunities (currently available or not) that interest me:

  •  I love my current job as a high school teen parent educator.  I also teach 3 sections of Child Development and 2 sections of a teacher preparation course.  If I never get a new position, I will be OK.  However, the position I would like to obtain would be director of the district’s child development center.  This would be part of the teen parent academy that is my dream.

Skills and experience that you would need to competently fulfill each of these roles.

  • My educational experience at Walden University has provided me most of the skills and knowledge that I would need for this position.  It would be nice if I had experience working in a child development center, but, alas, I do not.  In order to learn more about the position, I could visit the Healy-Murphy Center to learn more about running this type of program.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wordle - Early Childhood Passion

My journey at Walden University is coming to an end.  I began my final course this week.  In about two months I will have earned my Master's of Science in Early Childhood Studies.  This has been an interesting journey and I have learned much along the way.

Our assignment this week to create a Wordle which represents the issues and challenges in the field or early childhood that are personally intriguing.  Please take a minute to follow the link below to view my Wordle.

Wordle - Early Childhood Passion