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Coping with COVID-19

We’ve compiled these online resources to provide information from NAEYC, the CDC, and other educational organizations. 
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February 26, 2020

From Teacher to Equity Activist

In this excerpt from Each and Every Child, Megan Madison reflects on her own journey towards activism and offers ideas for other early childhood professionals on how they can become equity and social justice advocates fighting for all young children.

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Authored by: Megan Pamela Ruth Madison
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Young Children
March 1, 2020

The Reading Chair: March 2020

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Isabel Baker, Miriam Baker Schiffer
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Young Children
March 1, 2020

Our Proud Heritage. NAEYC's First President: Patty Smith Hill

Patty Smith Hill was instrumental in the formation of early childhood educational practice in the United States. Many of her ideals still constitute the foundation for educating and socializing young children.

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Authored by: Betty Liebovich
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Voices of Practitioners
December 17, 2019

Becoming Victor Paley

Indeed, part of Vivian’s genius, something that made her a great teacher researcher, was her commitment to try to understand, empathize, and be kind.  

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Authored by: Ben Mardell
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Voices of Practitioners
December 17, 2019

Learning from One Another

Vivian Paley’s contribution to the field of early childhood education and teacher education is certainly her approach to creating the space and opportunities for children to share their stories through storytelling and story acting, but it is much more.

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Authored by: Mary Jane Moran
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Voices of Practitioners
December 17, 2019

Searching for the Meaning of Play

Vivian’s desire to create space for stories, her ability to listen fully and her longing to elevate, illuminate and understand children’s play all continue to push me to be a better teacher. 

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Authored by: Todd Erickson
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Voices of Practitioners
December 17, 2019

Needing to Know

Whenever I teach theories of child development, I always include Vivian Paley among the inductive theorists that early childhood teachers need to know.

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Authored by: Andrew Stremmel
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Voices of Practitioners
December 17, 2019

Learning to Listen: A Tribute to Vivian Paley

We want to honor Vivian’s memory and her contributions to the field with the inclusion of a few essays in our annual Voices compendium.

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Authored by: Ben Mardell
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Voices of Practitioners
December 17, 2019

Parallel Voices Commentary—Reframing Teachers’ Understandings of Conflicted Play

Christopher’s work can help us replace a deficit view of difficulty with a more trusting approach to children as they work through the challenges that serve their current developmental and relationship growth (Madrid, Fernie, & Kantor 2015).

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Authored by: Robyn Brookshire
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