This week we're exploring communities of practice on the national level.
1. ACSI -Association of Christian Schools International. Their mission: ACSI has advanced excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing support functions for Christian schools.
I chose ACSI because of my interest in Christian education. Before this class I thought ACSI was for K-12 schools only, but now discovered that they have an early childhood arm to ACSI also.
They had only 2 job openings posted. One was full time for a marketing and sales assistant, and the other was for a part time administrative assistant. Both were located in different locations in the US. Neither job really spoke to me as something I would be interested in, although I would have been qualified for the admin assistant position.
2. NAEYC-National Association for Education of Young Children. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.
I chose NAEYC because they are the gold standard when it comes to early childhood education.
For Job openings they had posted different ways to get involved. One of the ways was to be a consulting editor for their publications and books. I think that would be an interesting opportunity and a great way to be a voice on the national stage through early childhood. To apply, you have to be a member of NAEYC first.
3. Teaching Strategies for Early Childhood. Their mission: At Teaching Strategies we are dedicated to providing the most effective early education resources. Why? Because a child’s first 8 years form a critical foundation for her future successes. And we believe that early childhood educators play an important role as children’s door openers—in school and in life.
I chose Teaching Strategies because their assessments and curriculum have been a proven and strong resource in early childhood education.
For job openings they had 13 different ones listed. I was surprised that most of their job openings had nothing to do with early childhood or education, but more on the tech, sales, and marketing side. The one position I was most interested in their Content Development Associate position. This position would help to create content for their curriculum and reviews Teaching Strategies material. The position is located in Maryland.