Monthly Archives: June 2014

Time well spent!

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The first deeply felt learning that I will take with me from this program is the implications of play. Although i knew the importance of it before beginning this course, this helped me to see the implications of play in academic achievement. Teachers who facilitate healthy play in the early childhood classroom provide an ideal means of integrating social, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Another deeply felt learning I experienced through this program was a better understanding of communication including non-verbal communications. Eye contact is a specific form of communication that came up that I use daily in my classroom as well as teach to my students. I used to feel that this type of non-verval communication was more of a “respect” thing but through this course I learned that there are six different functions of eye contact and they range from influencing attitude to expressing emotions and some are things you use and some are things you teach.

One final thing that I have learned through this program that I will carry with me is the many things I learned about myself through learning about anti-bias education. The better you know yourself, the better you can understand your own responses to the children and families you work with. We all have learned biases and those biases act as filters keeping us from accurately seeing who we are and what is happening in front of us.

My long term goal for my career in the field of Early Childhood Education is to do my part to create an environment of anti-bias for all children. Understanding and respecting the social identities of my students and their families will help me to create a caring community of learners. It is my hope that the children’s daily interactions with their teachers and classmates will encourage acceptance and respect.

I want to thank each of you for your guidance and support through this program. Many of you have contributed to my education here at Walden University Your perspectives and experiences have really helped me to think deeper about my own goals and perspectives. I have learned so much from this program and the instructors that I will use as I continue my career in the field as well as in my future professional development. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope to hear from you via my blog- I would love to hear how you are using the wealth of knowledge we have learned over these ten courses!

XOXO,
kristen

International Organizations

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http://www.convoyofhope.org

Convoy of hope is a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — their goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. More than 145,000 children in 11 nations are being fed nutritious meals by them. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

The listed job that would interest me the most is SIGNATURE EVENTS DIRECTOR.
The Signature Events Director supports the ministry of Convoy of Hope by facilitating all phases of events in cities across the United States. He/She is on the front lines of fulfilling the organizational mission. This individual will be leading out in Tier 1 events with guest counts of 10,000+ and has a heavy travel schedule. The director serves the organization as a credentialed minister, speaks on behalf of the organization at churches and conferences, administers sacraments and conducts religious worship. There were no listed credentials for this position.

http://www.globalpartnership.org

The Global Partnership for Education is the only international organization focused on supporting countries’ efforts to educate children from early primary school through secondary school.

The job listed that I found interesting was for a position on The Global Partnership for Education Board of Directors. They are the supreme governing body of the partnership and sets its policies and strategies.The Board mirrors the wide-ranging and diverse nature of the Global Partnership and includes members from developing country governments and all development partners: donors, civil society organizations, private sector and foundations, and multilateral agencies and regional banks.

Responsibilities for this position include review of annual objectives of the Partnership, resource mobilization, monitoring of financial resources and funding, partnership advocacy and oversight of Secretariat budget and work plan.

http://acei.org/general-links-resources/international-organizations-education

ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation and advocate for children.Their mission is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education, development, and well-being of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.

The only job listed was for an internship. ACEI has two internships available for the summer of 2013. Interns are given the opportunity to gain work experience consisting primarily of online research and data gathering that will contribute to the development of briefing papers and other types of resources. In addition to their day-to-day assignments, interns will have the opportunity to attend various meetings related to childhood education. Interns should be enrolled in a graduate degree program that focuses on global education issues with a particular interest in children’s education. A focus on one specific aspect of childhood education, such as basic education or early childhood development, is also acceptable. Interns who have had some international experience(s) working or living outside the U.S., are preferred. Internships typically range from 8 -12 weeks. All interns must reside in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area during their assignment and are responsible for arranging their own housing and transportation. Interns are based at the ACEI Headquarters located at 1101 16th Street NW, Washington DC, 20036, a few blocks north of the White House. ACEI offers a monthly stipend. –