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We are so pleased to be able to offer you the 2018 compilation of Voices of Practitioners articles. This volume marks VOP’s 14th year as an online journal. We thank the National Association for the Education of Young Children for its continued support, especially for including a teacher research article from Voices of Practitioners in each print issue of Young Children, NAEYC’s flagship journal.
This collection includes expanded versions of the print articles—sometime nearly double in length—as well as a number of unique articles: Jennifer Kampmann’s self-study as a teacher educator, Andrew J. Stremmel’s timely background article on finding a question for beginning teacher research, and Parallel Voices articles by Sundai Riggins and Martha Melgoza to accompany the teacher research articles by Talene Artinian and Isauro M. Escamilla and his colleagues. We also have a Parallel Voices article by Dawn Garbett that is a commentary on all the teacher articles that were printed in Young Children in 2018.
Another development in the life of Voices of Practitioners is the establishment of the journal as an NAEYC interest forum focused on teacher research. Interest forums are communities within the organization that enjoy special privileges and opportunities, including an online meeting space through NAEYC’s online platform Hello, and NAEYC-sponsored business meetings at each annual conference. Please consider joining our interest forum for access to materials on teacher research and a chance to meet with Voices editors, authors, and other insiders at the NAEYC Annual Conference. Join and become an insider!
In other news, we have plans to consolidate and republish the VOP archives, which go back to 2004. We hope to provide all of the materials—from the start of the journal to the present—online, with simple keyword searches and immediate downloads. Currently, some of these materials are available through our interest group website.
We hope you enjoy the 2018 volume and can make use of it in your teaching, professional development, or work in teacher preparation. Teacher research is a vehicle for professionalism, for leadership in the field for and by teachers, and for social justice by being a pathway to providing high-quality care and education for young children. Teacher research asks hard questions and provides deeply textured, site-based evidence so that we can understand what works best in our practices and where and how we need to improve. I hope you will join us in this important work—and we would love to hear from you, as well.
Barbara Henderson is co-editor of Voices of Practitioners and the director of the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University, where she is also a professor.