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Thursday, September 20, 2007

October 12, 2007 Fall Meeting

NJAECTE Fall Meeting
October 12, 2007
at the Rutgers Alumni House
Time: 11:30-2:00

Featured Presentation: Association for Children of New Jersey has just finished a report on New Jersey 's higher education P-3 programs. Cynthia rice will present research results. (http://www.acnj.org/)

Location: Rutgers Alumni Club, College Avenue, New Brunswick
Cost: $25.00 per person
RSVP: drosen18@yahoo.com

• Lunch
• Presentation: Association for Children of New Jersey has just finished a report on New Jersey 's higher education P-3 programs. Cynthia rice will present research results. (http://www.acnj.org/)
• Roundtable Conversations: implications of and response to ACNJ findings
• Business Meeting

For Directions to the Rutgers Alumni Club go to

Please RSVP to Nor Kreiger (nora_krieger@bloomfield.edu)

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

News for NAECTE report

If you have news to be included in NJAECTE report to NAECTE please add your ideas as a comment to this blog entry.



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Registration is OPEN!

JUNE 1, 2007

Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ

9:30 - 10:00 Continental breakfast and registration
10:00 - 11:00 Concurrent Sessions
11:15 - 12:15 Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 Keynote - Leadership: Issues and Action
Dr. Stacie Goffin, Goffin Strategy Group
Invited respondents: Selected key statewide leaders

Stacie Goffin is a recognized authority in early care and education who has been involved in leading significant change initiatives. Spanning higher education; local, state, and national organizations; organizational development; and advocacy, her efforts have resulted in change for both policy and practice.
Stacie designs, facilitates and implements strategic and field-building initiatives. Well-known for her analytical insights, big-picture thinking, and organizational capacity, she has directed major field-wide initiatives, such as Ohio’s School Readiness Solutions Group and NAEYC’s five-year project to reinvent its nationally recognized early childhood program accreditation system. She led the founding – and served as founding chair - of the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, the West Virginia Network for Young Children, and Kansas City’s Metropolitan Council on Early Learning. A former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, she began her career as a preschool and primary grade teacher of children with special needs. She also has taught extensively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A member of numerous organizations and editorial boards, she has authored or edited more than 50 publications. Her forthcoming book, Ready or Not, Leadership Choices for Early Care and Education (written with Valora Washington) will be available in June 2007.

* Travel for Stacie Goffin is subsidized by the Early Childhood Program at Rider University,
Location: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers-Newark
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Newark, NJ

Directions: http://www.newark.rutgers.edu/visitors/index.php?sId=gethere

Parking: Central Parking Garage 117 University Ave. (behind Newark Museum)
approximately 3 blocks away. Walk out of the parking lot onto University Ave. Go left heading towards Central Ave. (less than a block). Walk 1 block up Central Ave. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and turn left. Walk 1 block and cross Bleeker St. The Paul Robeson Campus Center is on the corner of Bleeker and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Public Transportation: Newark Penn Station- 7 block walk up Raymond Blvd to left
on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd for 2 blocks or approximately $5.00 taxi

Registration Fees
Early Registration: $75 until May 18th
$50 for presenters $25 for students
Registration: After May 18th: $85 for all (including presenters and students)

Register online:

Easy to do: Checks, Visa/MC and Purchase Orders Accepted.
Register by mail: Checks only. Must be postmarked by 5/18.
Make check payable to: NJAECTE
Mail to: Holly Seplocha
William Paterson University
1600 Valley Rd. Room 4103
Wayne, NJ 07474-0920

ONLY if registering by mail, please copy this page and mail a separate form for each attendee

NJAECTE Leadership Conference Early Registration Mail-In Form (Submit form by May 18)




____ Participant ($75) ____ Presenter ($50) ____ Student ($25)

Check Payable to: NJAECTE
Conference Contact Information:
Dina Rosen drosen@kean.edu Registration Committee Online
Arlene Martin amartin@kean.edu Registration Committee
Holly Seplocha seplochah@wpunj.edu Conference Chair
Workshop Sessions: You will be able to attend 1 session for each time slot

10:00 – 11:00
A.Workshop Session: Research Update on the Abbott Preschool Program Longitudinal Effectiveness Study (APPLES)
This session describes APPLES findings. The purpose of this study is to determine what the short-term, yearly, and long-term effects of the Abbott Preschool program are on children’s academic skills from early in kindergarten through fourth grade. The sample children are currently in first grade.
Presented by: Dr. Ellen Frede, Associate Professor, The College of New Jersey; Co-Director, National Institute for Early Education Research

B.Do What I Say and What I Do: Teacher Leaders in the Early Childhood Classroom
This session defines teacher leadership and identifies examples of teacher leaders. Participants will discuss how to assist teachers in developing these traits.
Presented by: Corine Cadle Meredith, Assistant Professor, Rowan University

C. Poster Session
1. Children’s Experiences of Transition to Kindergarten
This research captures children’s observations and experiences as they visit a kindergarten for the first time in order to describe transition to kindergarten from children’s perspectives.
Presented by: Ave Latte, Doctoral Candidate at Rutgers University; Instructor, Brookdale Community College; Chair, Monmouth County Coalition of Early Childhood

2. Examining Work Organization in Child Care
This research shares the preliminary findings of a study that uses organizational learning theories to examine the experiences of child care teachers and assistants.
Presented by: Dr. Sharon Ryan, Associate Professor, Rutgers University & Debra Lancaster, Director of OTEC, Rutgers University; Senior Research Associate, Center for Women and Work

11:15 – 12:15
D. Workshop Session: A Snapshot of Quality in Abbott Kindergartens
This session describes findings of a study of Abbott Kindergartens in terms of overall quality, literacy environment, and teaching strategies related to literacy.
Presented by: Dr. Holly Seplocha, Associate Professor, William Paterson University &
Dr. Janis Strasser, Professor, William Paterson University

E. Workshop Session: Educating The Whole Child in the Age of NCLB
This session identifies the major issues currently confronting school districts in New Jersey and provides a model for the education of young children in suburban/urban school settings.
Presented by: Suzanna Kaplan, Principal, Bryant School, Teaneck, NJ &
Anthony Calandrillo, Director of Specialized Educational Services Teaneck Public Schools

F. Roundtable Session.
1. Educational Robotics for Young Learners
This session describes educational robotics – LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System and the RoboLab Programming environment and shares how to use educational robotics with young learners.
Presented by: Dr. Amy Eguchi, Assistant Professor, Bloomfield College

2. Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment in the ECTE Classroom: Meeting the NJ
Legislative Mandate
This session shares strategies in the implementation of anti-bullying and anti-harassment education in early childhood teacher education and professional development programs.
Presented by: Dr. Blythe Hinitz, Professor, The College of New Jersey

Anthony Calandrillo is the Director of Specialized Educational Services for Teaneck Public Schools. He has worked on both the general education and special education sides in public education. As a result he remains perplexed as to why two parallel structures have emerged. He is committed to the development of a more holistic approach to education.

Dr. Amy Eguchi is an assistant professor of education at Bloomfield College. She teaches Introduction to Education and Robotics as Learning Tool, and helps to integrate technology in all education courses at the college. She received a BA degree in English Linguistics from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; an MA degree in Human Development, specialization in Bicultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College, California; an Ed.M. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom. She was a visiting researcher at M.I.T where she began her research in robotics. She began teaching educational robotics when she was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She has taught educational robotics to K-12 teachers and students as well as undergraduate and graduate students. She has been involved as a committee member of RoboCupJunior, an International Educational Robotics Initiatives, since 2000.

Dr. Ellen Frede is an associate professor at The College of New Jersey and Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research. A developmental psychologist specializing in early childhood education, Dr. Frede is a widely published researcher and teacher with extensive experience in early childhood program implementation and administration. Prior to joining NIEER as co-director, she served as Assistant to the Commissioner for Early Childhood Education at the New Jersey Department of Education. She began her career teaching in a variety of early childhood classrooms. At the High/Scope Foundation, she assisted programs throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since earning her doctorate, she has served as principal investigator on federal, state and foundation-funded research projects, as an editor on the review boards of national journals and as a consultant to local agencies, state governments and the World Bank. She primarily investigates the relationship of program quality to child outcomes.

Dr. Blythe Hinitz is Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at The College of New Jersey. Recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Researcher Award of NJAECTE, her current research focuses on the areas of: history of early childhood education [the subject of her co-authored book History of Early Childhood Education]; peace education - anti-bullying, teasing and harassment [the subject of The Anti-Bullying and Teasing Book for Preschool Classrooms - winner of the 2007 Teachers Choice Award from Learning Magazine]; and raising and educating healthy boys [as a participant in the EEC-AED grant-
funded project]. Her most recent publications are entries in Encyclopedia of the Midwest and Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia. Most recent presentations were: 2007 – AERA & Hawaii International Conference on Education; 2006 – NAEYC, NCSS, History of Education Society & International Froebel Society (Dublin, Ireland). She is currently editing the festschrift for Dr. Dorothy Hewes.

Suzanna Kaplan is presently the Principal of Bryant School in Teaneck, New Jersey. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at New York University and City College of New York. She has worked with young children for over 25 years and believes that the many of the problems confronted by schools could be avoided by creating communities that have greater understanding and tolerance of developmental differences.

Debra Lancaster is founder and director of OTEC, Rutgers University and Senior Research Associate, Center for Women and Work. In addition, she is an Educational Consultant with the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She has over 10 years of experience leading a grant funded training and
education consortium focused on improving the skills of individuals and organizations through participatory education and training emphasizing capacity-building, problem-solving, and strategic planning. She has worked with stakeholders in a range of industries, including long-term care, hospitality and petro-chemical. Debra’s research interests include care work, early care and education policy and workforce development, and new and emerging organizations that offer alternative forms of collective representation, advancement, and advocacy.

Ave Latte is an instructor in the Education department at Brookdale Community College. A doctoral candidate at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, Ave focuses her study on early childhood education with a specific emphasis on transition to kindergarten. Ave has made presentations at NAEYC national conventions, 2005, 2006 and at the Shore AEYC conference in 2004, 2005. In addition to her doctoral work Ave serves the college and early childhood education community through policy and advisory board memberships as well as local and regional early childhood affiliations. She is chair of the Monmouth County Coalition of Early Childhood, and was awarded National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, national recognition for contributions to the community. In 2006 she received the Outstanding Faculty recognition award at Brookdale Community College.

Corine Cadle Meredith teaches as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Rowan University. Her current courses focus on inquiry-oriented instruction and how the discovery process can be utilized to instruct at all educational levels. She is a former elementary classroom teacher with special interest in integrated curriculum and differentiated instruction.

Dr. Sharon Ryan is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University after completing a dissertation that used post-structural theory to explore student choice in a kindergarten classroom. Dr Ryan’s research interests are early childhood curriculum and policy, teacher education, and the potential of critical theories for rethinking early childhood practices. Her most recent research is a series of quantitative and qualitative studies examining the preparation and professional development of preschool teachers in New Jersey.

Dr. Holly Seplocha is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University. She has been working in the field for nearly 30 years as a classroom teacher, administrator, university professor, researcher, teacher educator and advocate for children and families. She is a Consulting Editor for NAEYC’s journal Young Children and has numerous publications including a new book for early childhood leaders and trainers: The Essential Literacy Workshop Book. As a researcher, she was the Principal Investigator for The Newark Lighthouse Initiative, and is the Project Director at WPU for NJ DOE’s Early Learning Improvement Consortium and the Early Launch to Learning Initiative grant. Dr. Seplocha was awarded the Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year for 2005 by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) and Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

Dr. Janis Strasser is Professor of Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University. She has been in the field of early childhood for more than 30 years. She has been a preschool, kindergarten and music teacher, Head Start Education Coordinator. She is a consulting editor for Young Children and frequently presents workshops at state and national conferences. She was the recipient of the 2005 NJAECTE New Jersey Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Outstanding Teacher Educator Award, 2005 NJAECTE Outstanding Researcher Award, and the 2004 William Paterson University Faculty Excellence Award for Service.


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NAECTE Fall Conference
November 7, 2007
Chicago, Illinois
Pre-Conference Session with NAEYC

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2007

Conference Theme: Advocacy and Policy

Session Formats (Note: All sessions will be 1 hour in length):

1. Paper Session—Papers may present relevant research, curriculum highlights, teaching strategies, policy issues, etc. Please be specific. Please note that papers will be presented in a round-table format.

2. Poster Session—Posters may present relevant research, curriculum highlights, teaching strategies, policy issues, etc. Please be specific.

3. ResearchNet Discussion— ResearchNets are designed to support collaborative research among NAECTE members. ResearchNet discussions provide a forum to create ResearchNet groups, report current ResearchNet group progress (e.g., problem, methodology, findings, implications), and generate ideas for improving/expanding current ResearchNet group work.

Submission Guidelines:
All proposals undergo a blind review process and will be evaluated on overall quality. Please submit 1 electronic copy of:

1. Cover Page including:
A. Title of Presentation
B. Contact information (i.e., name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number and e-mail
address) for all presenters. Presenters will be contacted via e-mail when possible.
C. Please indicate if presenters are doctoral candidates or new members of NAECTE.
D. Proposed Session Format.

2. Proposal Description (1 page maximum) including:
A. Title of Presentation
B. Proposed Session Format
C. Abstract
D. Benefits to NAECTE participants

Send Proposals to:
Candace Jaruszewicz at jaruszewiczc@cofc.edu and copy to Paula McMurray-Schwarz at mcmurray@ohio.edu.

Electronic Submission Directions:
When submitting your proposal electronically, please enter the words “NAECTE CONFERENCE SUBMISSION” on the subject line. You will receive an e-mail that verifies that your proposal has been received by NAECTE. If you do not receive an electronic verification within 24 hours of submission, please contact Candace Jaruszewicz at (843)-953-5606 to alert us that there is an e-mail problem.

Submission Deadline:

Questions about Proposals:
Direct questions about the proposal process via e-mail to jaruszewiczc@cofc.edu.

Questions about Conference:
Direct questions about the conference via e-mail to mcmurray@ohio.edu.

Proposal Review Panel:
If you are interested in serving as a proposal reviewer, please submit your name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail address to Candace Jaruszewicz at jaruszewiczc@cofc.edu. We are updating our review panel database, so only those who indicate interest will be contacted to do reviews

Authors’ Table:
If you have published a book within the last two years and would like to have it displayed at the conference, please send a complete citation of the book to mcmurray@ohio.edu . Authors are responsible for providing copies of their books for display.

Committee Meetings:
If your NAECTE committee would like to meet during the conference, please contact Paula McMurray-Schwarz via e-mail at mcmurray@ohio.edu. Be sure to include the names of all committee members to facilitate efficient scheduling.

Position Announcements:
We will publish position announcements in the printed program at the cost of $50.00 each. Send an electronic version of the position announcement to mcmurray@ohio.edu and a paper copy to Paula McMurray-Schwarz, NAECTE VP Conferences, 45425 National Rd., St. Clairsville, OH, 43950. Please make the check payable to NAECTE and mail it to Jim Hoot, NAECTE Treasurer, 6505 Poplar Hill Ln., E. Amherst, NY, 14051 – jhoot@buffalo.edu.

Housing and Registration:
Please refer to the NAEYC website – www.naeyc.org or Young Children - for information about housing and registration. You are encouraged to pay NAEYC registration fees to attend the NAECTE conference. In addition, there may be a small materials/food fee for the NAECTE Conference. More information will be available in the near future. Please check the NAECTE website – www.naecte.org - for the preliminary program.


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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Books by Members

If you have written a book please provide information.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

March Member Meeting: Minutes

NJAECTE Membership Meeting Minutes: March 23, 2007

Following lunch, meeting was called to order by President, Jody Eberly, at the Rutgers Club at 1:15. To read rest of report click on "read more link" below

Jody Eberly, Grace Ibanez Friedman, Holly Seplocha, Janis Strasser, Matt Caulfield, Arlene Martin, Blythe Hinitz, Sharon Ryan, Joanne Taylor, Muriel Rand, Mary Lynn Townsley, Kara Ahmed, Theresa Caputo, Nanci Fansanella, Pia Moore, Sylvia Pfeffer, Lauretta Freeman, Leah Kissick, Nancy Lauter, Carrie Lobman, Cynthia Rice (Guest), Suzanna Kaplan (Guest), Anthony Calandrillo (Guest)

President’s Report:
Jody Eberly called for Board member reports eliminating reports from VP’s.

Secretary’s Report:
Holly Seplocha distributed copies of the minutes of the October, 20 2006 meeting. Janis made a motion to accept, seconded by Blythe. Minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report:
Matt Caulfield reported that we have received the check from National for $540 from last year’s dues and noted thanks to Ken Counselman for his assistance. He reminded all that today’s luncheon meeting was $25.00 and to please give him checks before leaving.

Parliamentarian Report:
No report.

Member at Large:
Theresa distributed meeting minutes from the Child Care Advisory Council and noted the Cynthia Rice’s presentation to us to day was also presented at CCAC. She informed that the NJ PDC has been discussing re-branding. She read an email from Aimee Gelnaw that noted the new name would be Professional Impact New Jersey – Advocating Growth for Early Childhood Educators. She also noted that on May 31 at 7:30 pm there would be a celebration of the PDC’s 10th Anniversary.

Old Business
Awards Report:
Blythe reported that the committee had had discussions electronically and determined that the awards should be presented every other year instead of annually. She noted that this would give ample time to encourage nominations, and that awards would be presented in Spring 2008.

Conference Report:
Holly reported on the status of the conference.
Date: June 1, 2007 at Rutgers Newark – Paul Robeson center, 4 rooms reserved.
Stacie Goffin has agreed to keynote. Theme for the conference is Leadership.
NY is unable to co-sponsor the conference with us.
Tentative Agenda:
9:30-10 coffee/reg
10:00 – 11 sessions (2-3 choices or 2 choices + roundtables)
11:15-12:15 sessions (2-3 choices or 2 choices + posters)
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15- 2:30 Keynote
She noted Janis subcommittee had developed an RFP for presentations and Janis distributed. She will email it to Dina to email to NJ & NY members. Deadline for proposals is April 20.

Discussion was held regarding registration fees. Fees were decided to be $25 for students, $50 for presenters, $75 for everyone else. After 5/18, fee will be $85 for all. This encourages people to register early and allows us to have a good sense of attendance. It was also agreed that there would be no refunds as registration materials will not go our until end of April. Information will also be posted on our blog at www.njaecte.blogspot.com.

Dina has made arrangements thru Kean for an online registration system. This will allow participants to register online, pay via credit card, check or PO. They will also generate a list of attendees and name tags for the conference as well. They will also send confirmations to registrants. Kean is underwriting the cost, so there will be no cost to our association. The only drawback is that we will need to wait until all payments have cleared before we receive check. As we will need to pay Rutgers for food costs, as well as Stacie, Dina is investigating if it is possible for us to receive a partial check prior to the conference of fees received to date. Holly will discuss costs with Matt to see if we have sufficient funds to allow us to cover costs while waiting for the check from Cvent.

Lastly, Holly noted that all of us need to help publicize the event and encouraged all to feel free to forward registration flyer to all and any email lists they have access to.

New Business
Elections will be held in June. Jody invited anyone interested in any of the positions up (VP membership; VP program-President elect) for election to notify Muriel.

Blythe shared information about OMEP, an international association concerned with early childhood issues worldwide. She noted they will be sponsoring the World Congress this summer in Mexico City.
She distributed information on membership. Information on the US chapter can be found at their website HYPERLINK "http://omep-usnc.org" http://omep-usnc.org

Nancy distributed information about an upcoming conference on April 5 at Montclair. Holly announced that Janis has been promoted to full professor at WPU.

Cynthia Rice, ACNJ made an informative presentation on research her organization has been conducting on transitioning entitled: Building Strong Rungs to Build Sturdy Ladders: The Status of Preschool – 3rd Grade Systems in New Jersey.

Next meeting date: Conference - June 1, 2007

Meeting Adjourned at 2:30.

Respectfully submitted,

Holly Seplocha


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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Week of Young Child April 22-28


The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is just around the corner! Is your university or college doing something special for the WOYC? Share your work with colleagues by adding a comment to this blog.

NAEYC has resources available to help you promote your WOYC events and the theme, "Building Better Futures for All Children."
WOYC is a great opportunity to recognize the teachers and programs that teach and care for young children, and to focus public attention on the needs of young children in
your community. Visit NAEYC's Web site [http://www.naeyc.org/about/woyc/] for a list of suggested activities and other information to plan and publicize your WOYC events.


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