Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, review the Early Childhood Policy (Links to an external site.) Education policy refers to the collection of laws and rules that govern the operation of education systems. As a leader in the field of early childhood education, it is important that you are aware of current policies, as well as how and why they are created. Education policy comes in a variety of shapes and sizes: school size, class size, teacher education and certification, teacher pay, teaching methods, curricular content, and so forth.
Identify one policy area that you are passionate about and explain, using research, why this area is critical to supporting children and families.
Defend the importance of advocating for children and families.
Describe how policy, advocacy, and your role as a professional and leader are interconnected
review the article Leadership for social justice: Preparing 21st century school leaders for a new social order.Several themes you will see throughout the MAECEL program include social justice, leadership, and 21st century learning. These are topics that will be reinforced in all of the MAECEL courses in order to deepen your understanding around these concepts. This discussion will be your first examination of these concepts in which you will begin to defend and define your own commitment to these concepts and practices as a professional and leader in ECE.
Explain the importance of quality, innovative leadership in the field of early childhood education. Be sure to defend the need for this kind of leadership and provide research to support your position.
Explain the importance of fostering social justice, equity pedagogies, and culturally relevant teaching in early childhood settings. Be sure to defend the need for social justice and equity and provide research to support your position.
Defend the importance of 21st century learning in early childhood settings. Be sure to defend the need for this kind of learning in early childhood and provide research to support your position.
Prior to beginning work on this journal, read Early Care and Education 2020 State Legislative Action Report (Links to an external site.) and Starting strong: Policy implications for early childhood education and care in the U.S. As a graduate student, you have chosen to take charge of your own professional development and have made a deep commitment to the field of early childhood education.In preparation for your position as a future leader in the field of education, it is important to reflect on your own capacity for leadership and innovation as an early childhood professional. You have read quite a bit thus far in this course about social justice and ethical practice in the field of early childhood education. This is your opportunity to create a commitment statement about your responsibility to stay informed about and adhere to education policy.This journal has two parts. The first part focuses on the creation of your commitment statements. The second part is a reflection piece that allows you to make connections between this course and professional development as an ECE leaders.In your journal, address the following:Part 1: Commitment StatementsGenerate a commitment statement which:Demonstrates your responsibility in adhering to education policy.
Explains your capacity for leadership and innovation as an early childhood professional.
Describes your ability to argue for social justice and ethical practice in early childhood education.
Part 2: ReflectionDiscuss what ‘leadership’ means to you.
Describe the type of leader you want to be and why.
Identify why it is important to be an innovative leader in early childhood education.
Share why it is important to uphold social justice as an early childhood education leader.
Identify your strengths and areas for improvement in professional knowledge and skills, based on your experience in this course.
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