• April 4th, 2016

Professional Preparation

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Professional Preparation
Review the 2010 NAEYC Initial & Advanced Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs.
Choose one of the individual standards that you would like to explore in order to boost your knowledge or skills in your current or future practice and would allow you to become a better advocate for young children and their families.
Use the Initial Standards.
Create a two- to three-page paper (not including title and reference pages) that includes the following sections. Each section should be a separate paragraph.
Section ONE: Provide A Summary of Your Chosen Standard and Justify Why You Chose It. Summarize the Standard in your own words, then justify why you think that knowing more about this standard will (a) help you in your professional or personal life in general and (b) help you to become a better advocate. Be sure to give at least three specific examples.
Section TWO: Create A List of Five Questions With Corresponding Rationales. Create a list of five questions to ask an early childhood professional about aspects of the standard. For each question, describe your rationale for asking it. Create one question designed to enhance your ability to advocate on behalf of children and their families in this particular area. Create the other four questions to enhance your knowledge of both the standard AND your personal and/or professional goals.
Section THREE: Provide Contact Information with an Explanation for the Request. First, provide the contact information for an early childhood professional in your own community who is willing to provide email responses to your questions. Then, provide the “blurb” or explanation describing the purpose of the assignment that you will use when you ask him/her if he/she would be willing to answer your questions. — as for the contact information for an early childhood professional – just make up this information

Be sure to include an introductory paragraph describing the purpose of the paper AND a conclusion summarizing the paper and your next steps. This means your paper will be at least five paragraphs.
Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. In addition to the course text, utilize at least one scholarly source to support your points.
Required sources: Read from your text; Continuing Issues in Early Childhood Education:
Chapter Six – The Early Childhood Education Workforce
§ Chapter Six examines the current workforce of early childhood educators in terms of who they are and how best to recruit and retain high quality teachers as we look to the future.
Chapter Seven – The Professional Development of Teachers of Young Children
§ Chapter Seven offers a discussion of the issues surrounding the professionalism and professional development of early childhood educators. Research on effective methods of professional development and the implications for the future of this training is also examined.— (chapters will be attached)

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