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									  E508 Early Childhood Education at the Crossroads: Issues,
                  Concerns, and Questions

                       Jacqueline Blackwell, Ph.D.
             Indiana University--School of Education (IUPUI)
                          902 West New York Street
                      Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5155
               Telephone: 317. 274.6830 (Voice Mail Message)
                           Fax: 317.274.6864

     Standing at the Crossroads: Which Way Will You Move?

Dates    Topics                                Assignments
May 14   News
         Overview of Course                    Think about additional topics—other interests.
         Distributed Education (Distance       Brainstorming Session: Creating the Syllabus
         Education and Web-based)
         Critical Issues, Concerns, and        Class Readings
         Questions                             For each class session, read for two topics
         5 Wishes + 5 Desires: Setting the     choosing journal articles, book chapters, reports,
         Stage for Creating “OUR” syllabus     or conference papers.
         Global/ National/ Regional/ State/    Post your reading titles to Oncourse drop box
         Local Areas from what perspective??   according to date. The drop box will be located
         Creating a Community of Learners      under the “In Touch” Tab.

May 19    Continue Creating the Syllabus: Other Global and National
          Topical Interests or Passions: Insert ? Identify International and National organizations
                                                  concerned about children, families, and educators
          Global (International)* and National* (Internet sources-- web addresses).
          Issues: Early Childhood Education        Professional Associations
          Takes the Front Stage
                                                      1. Critique the mission statements and
          Professional Organizations: Voices              services for educators.
                                                      2. Evaluate benefits of organizations to you
          Association for Childhood Education             and other educators.
          International-ACEI (           3. Compare and contrast these organizations/
          Council for Exceptional Children—               collaboration/ special missions/
          CEC (                  overlapping areas/ target populations
          Association for Supervision and             4. Identify the gaps in providing or
          Curriculum Development—ASCD                     advocating for young children, their
          (                                  families, educators, policymakers, and ?
          National Association for the                5. Share reactions to web site. Free??
          Education of Young Children—                6. Highlight special features: membership
          NAEYC (                           application/ public policy issues/online
          Children’s Defense Fund                         journal.
          Others??? ____________________           Special Note: Bring your comments and
                                                   observations for small group discussion.

                                                Post the Other web sites and share one sentence
                                                about the site using Oncourse course mail
May 21    Early Childhood Special Education:    Find two journal articles or one book for topics
          Best and Effective Practices          Visit these web sites:
          Speaker: Ms. Karen Shelley               1. NICHCY—National Information Center
          Pre- 12 Special Educator and                  for Children and Youth with Disabilities
          Consultant                                    (About and Publications)
          For Visually Impaired               
          Warsaw Community Schools                 2. ERIC Clearinghouse for Special Ed
          Warsaw, Indiana                     
                                                (ERIC System—web sites—Disability and Gifted)

          Regional, State, and Local Levels:    Regional, State, and Local Levels:
          Early Childhood Education             Locate organizations concerned about children,
          Experiencing Crises                   families, and educators (Internet sources-- web
May 26   Memorial Day— Holiday                   No class

May 28   Politics and Early Childhood            Find two journal articles for discussions.
         Educators: Advocacy/ Funding Issues/
         State and Federal Accountability        Visit No Child Left Behind
         Speaker: Victor Smith, Associate         ( Give special attention to the
         Director Indiana Urban Schools          extra credit link.

          Association                            Talk with other educators about the impact of this
          Staying or Leaving the Profession:     legislation.
          Novice, Experienced, and Seasoned
          Teachers Share Experiences and
          Questions?                             Read May 2003 Educational Leadership or find a
          Retention: Impact and Difference       book.
June 2    Head Start: Surviving and Thriving--? Find one article about Head Start and visit Head
          Speakers: Rebecca Trela and           Start web site
          Joan Scott (Evansville Head Start)

          PLAY: Changing Perspectives            Sharing Discoveries and lessons Learned from
                                                 Reading the Literature Review.
June 4
          Journey of An Early Childhood       Sharing your personal Journey As a Drawing
          Educator: Personal Inquiry          Revisit To Teach By William Ayers
          Experiences —Self and with Young    Revisit Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
          Speaker: Linda Kaser, Pre-k Teacher
          IUPUI Center for Young Children and
          Doctoral Students

June 9    Literacies: Revisiting Our Thinking    Revisit the Professional Associations: Review
          Assessment: What or Who Drives         Position Papers.
          (Seeking a clear understanding of
          what is important)

June 11    Parent Panel: Parents of Children      Two Readings: Choices
           with Developmental Disabilities
           Share their Stories
           Guest Consultant:
           Sally Reed Crawford
           Director of Noble Communistas
           Marketing and Public Relations
           Noble of Indiana
June 16    Group Discussion Topic: Gaps,         Two Readings: Choices
           Theorists and Practices               Assignment from Discussion Leaders

June 18    Group Discussion Topic: Classroom     Two Readings: Choices
           Management                            Assignment from Discussion Leaders
           Group Discussion Topic: Families      Two Readings: Choices
June 23    and Family Involvement                Assignment from Discussion Leaders

June 25    Personal Passions                     Share the highlights of your Research and Best
                                                 source to Oncourse course mail.

Special Assignments for E508 ECE at Crossroads
Group Discussion -- Group 50%--Interactive Format (90 minutes)
Plan a comprehensive interactive group discussion, using technology, that
addresses a "hot issue or topic" pertaining to the concern(s) of Early
Childhood Educators for young children, families, and the profession. This
presentation should create an environment that will raise questions, offer
new or newer insights, and encourage dialogue.

This presentation should include the following components:

   1. Outline of the plan for the topic -- Agenda (Include a brief description
      of all activities.)
   2. Rationale for the entire presentation
       Questions and Brainstorming
   3. Background information/ Preparation
      Process for Developing Discussion and responsibilities
      Overview for each section with handouts
   4. Annotated bibliography (50 - 75 word summary for major reading
      sources)-- Dates: Most recent literature available and influential items
      using the American Psychological Association (APA) format
   5. Resources (human, special programs and web sites with titles)
      What else to add or include to add depth and breadth?
   6. Handouts relevant to the issue(s) presented for each section.
   7. Packet with articles consulted for project according to parts.
   8. Your choice for additional parts
   9. Personal Critique of your contribution to the group project and
      assignment of grade for yourself and the group

**Written products for grading purposes (two copies)
DUE DATE--Date of Presentation or June 23

Additional Reading Requirement
Post before each Class by 3 p.m. to the Oncourse Drop box for that

Starting with May 19th and continuing for the entire course, read two journal
articles or book chapters as preparation for each class meeting. Each article

  will serve as your contribution to our class discussion time. Create
  bibliography of your readings to document your preparation for and
  participation effort for each class. Use the APA (American Psychological
  Association format). Summit your entries for each class to Oncourse for the
  entire class.

  The completed bibliography should be posted to Oncourse by June 25 before

  Personal Passions--- Position Paper 50% Due June 23
  Thoroughly investigate an area of Early Childhood Education in which you
  desire more information. Since this is your passion, in what ways can you
  explore themes and questions? If you have started a paper, include that one
  too. This assignment is a fresh Start! You should consult and use at least 10
  sources (journal articles, no more than two Internet resources, and books)
  published within the LAST FIVE (5) YEARS. One personal interview can
  be included as a source. Explore the daily newspapers (i.e., New York
  Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Education Week, etc.)
  and news magazines (i.e., U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time,
  etc.) for potential topic sources. Remember to consult a writing guide (i.e.,
  APA-- American Psychological Association). The paper should be 6 - 8
  pages in length plus references.

  Please follow these special guidelines as you decide about your passion or

         1.   Carefully review the literature from the past five years.
         2.   Identify this area as a passion.
         3.   Explore the themes and questions.
         4.   Present your findings in an informative manner.
         5.   Engage others in a lively debate.
         6.   Identify the most thought-provoking readings.
         7.   Create a mechanism for sharing your work with the entire class.

Mailing Instructions: For students enrolled through campuses outside of
Indianapolis, please provide a stamped self -addressed envelope
with each assignment so that I can return your papers. Use my address at the

beginning of this syllabus.

FAXING before class: (317) 274- 6864 (School of Education)
Be sure to place my name on a cover sheet if you fax before class or any time during
the week.

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  Policy Position (Five Core Propositions)

  The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is “leading the way in making
  teaching a profession dedicated to student learning and to upholding high standards for
  professional performance.” The Board’s vision, beliefs, and values are reflected in the
  following five core propositions:

      1. Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
      2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to
      3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
      4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
      5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

          For more detailed descriptions of each standard, go to .


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