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National Communities of Practice

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC )

Voices of Practitioners: Teacher Research in early Childhood Education

Through my research of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC ) I found their online journal, Voices of Practitioners: Teacher Research in early Childhood Education. This journal evaluates, peer reviews, and nationally shares early childhood teacher’s independent studies. The Voices of Practitioners journal includes a wide range of early childhood teacher’s research initiatives and inquiry communities. The journal serves as a national community of practice allowing teachers to share experiences and teaching strategies with others who want to learn more. Any teacher in an early childhood settings from birth to third grade are welcomed to submit their research. The journal editor, the teacher research coordinator, and the teacher research coeditors review submissions. Selected submissions are then sent out for peer review and if selected will be published in the journal. The contact person for the journal is Heather Collick, at hcollick@naeyc.org.

The opportunities for joining and supporting this community of practice are as vast as our desire to learn and share research related to early childhood education. Teachers interested in publishing their research would required extensive knowledge and past research of the topic, understanding and ability to implement valid research, scholarly level writing, and a passion for early childhood education. At this time I would like to continue to learn by read others submissions. Eventually I would like to submit my own research inquiry for other to learn form.

National Education Association


Through my research of the National Education Association, I found their edCommunites. This community of practice is an online professional practice and learning environment for educators. It provides educators an opportunity to expand their professional development opportunities, collaborate with other educators, share classroom resources, assessment, and instruction materials, and engages others with a commitment to student success. This community of practice is free and open to all to join. Members have an opportunity to explore a variety of current topics or start their own topic.

I did not find employment opportunities through this community of practice. However, I am interested in joining the edCommunities, I am passionate about learning from other professional and sharing any knowledge and resources I can with other professionals in the field of early childhood education. This community of practice has no official requirements to participate, however an understanding of early childhood education (ECE) and experience working in the field of ECE is required to share knowledge and experiences.

National Association of Early Childhood Educators (NAECTE)

The National Association of Early Childhood Educators (NAECTE) Community of Practice promotes professional growth, discussions of educational issues, advocating for improving early childhood teacher educators, a communication network for teachers, information through the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher education, conferences, resolutions, position papers, other publications, and cooperation with national and international organizations in the field of early childhood education.   NAECTE is a membership-based organization. Anyone interested in learning more about ECE can join for a fee. Members have the opportunity to further their influence with voting privileges and an edibility to serve on the board and other organizational committees within the NAECTE community.


Posted Job Announcement for positions in the field of ECE:

Department Chair Teacher Education

Miami University, College of Education, Health & Society Oxford, Ohio

Department Chair & Full Professor to be responsible for the planning and administration of a department consisting of approximately 30 faculty and a number of assigned staff. The position requires a Ph.D. and eligibility for the rank of Professor. The doctorate must be related to a field in the department from an accredited institution of higher education. Candidates must demonstrate success in meeting teaching and research qualifications to merit the rank of Professor, evidence of commitment to developing faculty and programs that support engagement with diverse students, school and community populations, evidence of experience in developing and maintaining working relationships with school communities, and demonstrated leadership ability. Strong candidates will have expertise and insight on the changing nature of teacher preparation and the ability to assist the department to embrace the national landscape teacher education must engage now and in the future; commitment to strong school/university partnerships, social justice, and the incorporation of diverse, global perspectives in the preparation of teachers.










Author: cstravato

I am a wife of 14 years and have two boys, one is 10 and an the other is 8. They are busy and keep us hopping. I have been a pre-school teacher for 9 years with a break in the middle to teach kindergarten in FL for three years, and I had the luxury of staying home with my two boys for a few years. I enjoy teaching pre-school age children it gives me great pride to help set a generation up to succeed in their school careers and life. I am currently going back to school to complete my masters degree in early childhood education at Walden University.

One thought on “National Communities of Practice

  1. Christina,
    I think that it is so neat the information that we are receiving on so many different organizations. While I am familiar with NAEYC, I was not familiar with the National Association for Early Childhood Educators. There are so many organizations that e make up our Community of Practice and help to support us through our journeys as Early Childhood Educators. As a professional, still rather new to the field, I am taking in all of the organizations being provided throughout this course and plan to create a resource book to refer back to in my own professional life. Thank you!

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