Time Well Spent

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Dear colleagues and professor,
We have reached the end of our journey together at Walden. This program has helped me learn more about children, families and myself. Through introspection, I have learned about my own weaknesses, strengths, biases, and passions. I gained an in-depth knowledge about child development, issues and trends in the field of early childhood education, and how adults learn. I have made connections with professionals in our field and related fields and have expanded my network. This program has inspired me to continue my education and therefore I have applied to study Educational Psychology at the doctorate level. Thanks to all of you and all my professors who contributed to my professional development by your comments, feedback, and encouragements. I hope hand in hand and as agents of social change, we help children have a happier childhood and have access to quality education.
Best of luck to all of you,
Maryam

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: Internationally

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For this week’s Blog assignment, I have chosen three international organizations that are striving to positively impact the lives of children and their families around the world.

1)    Save the Children (http://www.savethechildren.net/)

Save the Children has 30 branches around the world to advocate for children and their families, to help them survive and build their future. They assist with food, education, health care, emergency operations, crisis, etc.

Job opportunity:

 

Education in Emergencies Coordinator

To co-lead the Education Coordination Working Group with UNICEF, work closely with other education agencies and to help support and strengthen the leadership of education authorities to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to the Syrian Refugee emergency in KRG and to ensure predictable and effective inter-agency responses. In addition, provide technical EiE Assistance to SCI education teams.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Commitment to the right of children and youth in education in emergencies and recognition of the need for education in emergencies as a first-phase response
  • Ability to put aside one’s own organization’s interests and work impartially, serving all EiE partners on equal terms
  • Demonstrating integrity and striving towards the highest personal and professional standards
  • Demonstrable ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint working
  • Experience of high-level coordination and chairing of meetings
  • Effectively presenting ideas in a clear, concise and convincing manner
  • Listening to and acknowledging others’ perspectives and views.
  • Identifying key issues in a complex situation and making effective and realistic decisions based on logical inferences, experiences and implications.
  • Understanding of INEE minimum standards and application of these
  • Demonstrable understanding and application of international humanitarian response architecture, coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform principles
  • Understanding of the humanitarian funding mechanisms
  • Excellent advocacy skills, particularly in relation to advocating for education provision in humanitarian crises
  • Ability to work and plan at strategic and operational level
  • Understanding of opportunities to provide integrated or cross-cutting humanitarian interventions with other sectors and clusters
  • Ability to identify and make the relevant links between emergency response, recovery, transition and development
  • Understanding of the need and the opportunities to integrate relevant cross-cutting issues – including gender – effectively.
  • Significant management experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

 

2)    UNICEF (http://unicef.org)

UNICEF works internationally to promote children’s survival, development and protection. They protect children from life-threatening diseases, violence, and give them basic care and education.

 

Position:

Chief Education, Namibia

The incumbent is accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Education programme and policies to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. Across the Education programme, accountable for identifying inequalities including gender in education, developing advocacy strategies and innovative approaches and programmes to eliminating these disparities. Collaborates across the programme to ensure gender mainstreaming. Ensures that monitoring mechanism are in place to track progress and influence policies towards disparities reduction goals and targets in Education.

 

Promotes intersectoral partnerships in order to ensure that progress benefits mutually education and other programmes, in particular HIV/AIDS and adolescent development, Health, Nutrition, Water and Environmental Sanitation.

 

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education:

Advanced university degree in one or more of the disciplines relevant to the following areas: Primary Education, or Social Sciences fields relevant to international development assistance. Some demonstrative capacity to identify and monitor gender inequalities, as well as develop and implement gender mainstreaming in programmes.

 

Work Experience:

Eight years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in fields relevant to Education programmes. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset. Background/familiarity with Emergency and HIV an advantage.

 

Language Proficiency:

 

Fluency in English and another UN working language. Fluency in working language of the duty station an asset.

 

3)    UNESCO (http://en.unesco.org/)

UNESCO strives to build networks among nations so that every child, boy or girl, has access to quality education as a fundamental human right and as a prerequisite for human development. They build intercultural understanding through protection of heritage and support for cultural diversity. This organization pursues scientific cooperation such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements, to strengthen ties between nations and societies. It strives to protect freedom of expression: an essential condition for democracy, development and human dignity.

Young Professionals’ (YP) Programme

The Young Professionals’ (YP) Programme provides the opportunity for young university graduates and young qualified professionals from non- and under-represented Member States to join UNESCO early in their professional career.

Qualifications:

  • Age: less than 30 years.
  • Education: an advanced university degree in education, culture, science, social and human sciences or communication, or in a field of direct relevance to the management and administration of an international organization.
  • Languages: fluent English or French and a good knowledge of the other working language. Knowledge of Arabic, Chinese, Spanish or Russian is an additional asset.
  • Previous experience: initial professional experience is an asset, but not mandatory.
  • Nationality: non- or under-represented Member State in UNESCO.
  • Values: Integrity, professionalism, respect for diversity and a strong commitment to the UNESCO mission.

References

Save the Children. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.8D6E/Official_Site.htm

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. (2013). Retrieved from http://en.unesco.org/

UNICEF. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.unicef.org/index.php

Jobs/Roles in the ECE Community: National/Federal Level

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UNICEF (http://www.unicefusa.org/)

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund is one of the major organizations that is involved in humanitarian acts for children across the globe. They care for children’s health, nutrition, immunization, water, emergency relief, and education in more than 190 countries in the world.

 

“Our staff is a diverse group of highly capable and committed individuals who bring a wide range of professional experiences, both nonprofit and for-profit, to bear on our mission”(UNICEF, 2013).

 

Of their current vacancies, I was not able to find the job that was in line with my education and professional background. However, they post new vacancies quite often.  As I was browsing through the positions, I noticed for many of them, they had the same qualifications:

 

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work in diverse teams, and  ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal, time-management, and oral and written communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail, flexibility in high-pressure situations, and the willingness to assist with all tasks needed to ensure the success of a small team
  • Must be computer literate, with strong proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite; experience with databases, CRM and SharePoint a plus
  • Must demonstrate USF Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service

 

 

 

 

 

NAEYC (http://www.naeyc.org/)

 

 

 

NAEYC’s mission is to help children have access to high-quality education with knowledgeable educators and staff and to have access to services that will support their well-being, health, nutrition (NAEYC, 2013).

 

They also provide professional development for educators and staff, promote excellence in early childhood education, and raise awareness in the society.

 

 

 

One job that seems appealing to me is:

 

Project Manager

 

NAEYC is seeking a Project Manager (PM) for a new international grant funded project which will provide face-to-face training for early childhood professionals and other stakeholders in the Middle East through November 2014.  The PM will be responsible for managing the project, logistics and milestones/deliverables and in addition; develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with the team abroad, NAEYC staff, consultants and other team members.  The PM will also support the Director in developing and implementing programs that provide technical assistance, information, guidance and support to other public and large –scale entities abroad that implement quality enhancement initiatives that embrace NAEYC’s early learning standards.  The PM will report to the Director, Quality Enhancement Initiatives.

 

The successful candidate must have a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field, 3 years of experience working in an early childhood program or related experience, 5 years of international experience, preferably in the Middle East or North Africa and 3 years of supervisory experience.  Knowledge of and experience with accreditation systems is a plus.  Must have demonstrated training experience, excellent communication and writing skills with cross-cultural skills and experience.

 

I have about ten years of teaching experience in the Middle East and I am familiar with the issues and trends in that area. I have always wanted to contribute to the education system there. NAEYC is one of the organizations that I seriously consider working for.

 

DEL (http://www.del.wa.gov/)

 

Washington State Department of Early Learning focuses on children’s home, communities, educational programs, and childcare. They provide resources for anyone who cares for children such as the educators, parents, school staff and so on. They strive to ensure that all children in Washington have access to high-quality programs and are ready for school.

 

Current job opportunity:

 

Deputy Director with the following qualifications:

 

Senior-level managerial and leadership experience, preferably in Washington state government ·

 

Successful experience in education, pre K thru higher education ·

 

Commitment to workforce diversity ·

 

Proven experience managing through organizational and cultural change and outcome based accountability ·

 

Action-oriented work style focused on results, excellent judgment and the ability to see the “big picture” ·

 

A strong public service and customer ethic ·

 

Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to understand and appropriately

 

respond to stakeholder, customer, employee, and management issues and concerns ·

 

Ability to address concerns and needs of the Agency’s customers, including the public, state agencies, legislators, and the Governor.

 

 

 

References

 

The National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/

 

Washington State Department of Early Learning. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.del.wa.gov/

 

United Nations of Children’s Fund (2013). Retrieved from http://www.unicefusa.org/

 

 

 

 

 

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community

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Exploring Roles in the ECE Community

For the purpose of this assignment, I researched the local communities and organizations in our field and chose three of them that appealed to me the most. I will briefly introduce each organization and explain why I am interested in being a part of their team.

Seattle Community College is one of the top choices that I have in terms of employment. I chose this college because of their child and family studies program. Their students come from a highly diverse background. This college has multiple programs to support the students and facilitate their learning such as IBest. “IBEST programs create an opportunity for students at the basic skills level, both English as Second Language (ESL) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, to enroll in college level programs and earn a certificate in a high demand industry. In an IBEST classroom, a basic skills instructor and a college subject instructor teach together, with methods to support both literacy education and workforce skills” (Seattle central community college).

The child and family studies program  provides training and preparation for students who are interested in a wide range of employment opportunities working with children and their families in settings such as: school-age/youth care and education, social services or childcare. Through this program, students gain the knowledge base that will help them to provide a wide variety of services, support and resources for families.

I believe through this program, I will be able to assist the  learners from diverse background to learn about the field of early childhood studies and families. This program emphasis critical thinking among the leaners and teaches them skills they need to live in a new culture while earning a degree to assist them in finding careers.

Seattle Community Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Required education, experience, & abilities:

  • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field.
  • Knowledge of Child Development and Adult Education.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Proficient English skills both oral and written.
  • Familiarity with the educational theorists (Vygotsky, Dewey, Piaget, etc.), theories (Constructivism, Stages of Cognitive Development, Zone of Proximal Development, etc.) and various instructional approaches (Reggio, Project Approach, High Scope, etc.).
  • Familiarity with state regulations (MERIT – Managed Education and Registry Information Tool, and QRIS – Quality Rating and Improvement System.
  • The ability to communicate and work effectively with people from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status backgrounds, and those with physical and learning disabilities.

A second organization that appealed to me is Children’s Alliance

http://www.childrensalliance.org/

This organization advocates for children and protects them by changing laws in Washington state. They fight for inclusion, ending childhood hunger, and for making  quality early childhood eduction accessible for everyone.

 They speak directly to decision makers and participate in the legislative process. They collaborate with like-minded organizations and leaders.

This organization believes that ending poverty is key to ensuring that every child can be safe and healthy and have a real chance at success. This is especially true for children of color, who are more likely than white children to live in poverty. In all of their campaigns they seek to identify and change the racial disparities and inequalities that are hurting kids.

Moreover, they provide professional development and advocacy trainings.

They currently have no job openings however, by joining this organization they will inform you of the opportunities available to take action and make a change in your community.

A third option that I am really interested in is the Center for Child and Family Well-being (CCFW) at University of Washington. “The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes the development and well-being of children and families by engendering, translating, applying and sharing knowledge. The core activities of the center include research, education, dissemination, and outreach to the community” (CCFW, 2013).
This organization adopts a holistic approach to child development and takes into account all the systems that affect children’s development.
They also improve the community access to resources, knowledge, and programs that families and children can benefit from.
Furthermore, they organize workshops, trainings, and conferences to bring together professionals in the field to discuss the latest issues and trends.
Their core research area consists of:  Foundations for social, emotional & cognitive competence; immigrant families, diversity & development; adolescent health risk & resilience; anger, aggression & violence prevention.
To learn about career opportunities, I have contacted the organization and I’m waiting to hear from them.
Of several organizations that I came across the three aforementioned agencies appealed to me the most. Graduating in the field of early childhood education with an emphasis of teaching adults, I am passionate about teaching at college level, research and leadership opportunities.
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A Note of Appreciation

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Dear Colleagues,

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support, constructive feedbacks, taking the time to read my posts and commenting on them. I have learned a lot in this course and a great part of it was thanks to your insightful pots and comments. I wish you luck with your future endeavors. 

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