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Strategic plan 2006-2007: Association for Childhood Education International.

MISSION OF ACEI

The Mission of ACEI is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.

PURPOSES OF ACEI

* To promote the inherent rights, education, and well-being of all children in the home, school, and community

* To work for desirable conditions, programs, and practices for children from infancy through early adolescence

* To bring into active cooperation all individuals and groups concerned with children

* To raise the standard of preparation for those actively involved with the care and development of children

* To encourage continuous professional growth of educators

* To focus the public's attention on the rights and needs of children and on the ways various programs must be adjusted to fit those rights and needs.

To achieve these purposes, ACEI is guided by a dynamic philosophy of education that is flexible and responsive to human needs in a changing society (ACEI Constitution, Article II).

For more than 114 years, ACEI members have shared a dual commitment to the fulfillment of every child's potential and to the professional development of the classroom teacher. They are dedicated to an enlightened, child-centered approach to education that respects the child's developmental experiences at home, in school, and in the community. This philosophy is reflected in all professional programs, including publications, resource materials, topic workshops, and conferences. Members represent every segment of the preschool, elementary, and middle-school fields, and include child care providers, teachers, teachers-in-training, administrators, researchers, teacher educators, and institutional subscribers. With input from the membership-at-large, committees, local, state/province and national leaders, and Headquarters staff, the Executive Board plans strategic goals for the Association for the coming year and beyond. The organization uses the Strategic Plan as a guide when planning programs and services. The activities listed below are those that the respective committees and the Presidents' Council plan to accomplish in 2006-2007 to help ACEI meet its Strategic Goals.

Strategic Goals and Plan of Action

GOAL ONE TO PROMOTE ACEI'S MISSION AND WORK IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY

Awards Committee

* Seek the names of nominees from the Executive Board, as well as from the International/Intercultural Committee.

Conference Committee

* Continue to encourage the submission of foreign-language proposals (no translation provided).

Diversity Concerns Committee

* Conduct a special session at the 2007 Annual Conference: "Teachers Teaming With Translators for Parent Communication."

Heritage Committee

* Continue to gather autobiographies of past and present members for inclusion in the ACEI Archives.

Infancy/Early Childhood Committee

* Sponsor a Panel Discussion at a Special Session for the 2007 Annual Conference, examining the construct of readiness from a global perspective.

* Sponsor a Special Session for the 2007 Annual Conference focusing on ways that early care and education programs can be more responsive to children and families in this era of standards and accountability.

Intermediate/Middle Childhood Committee

* Seek new members for the committee with an emphasis on diversity and international representation.

* Encourage committee members to solicit diverse membership in ACEI from their institutions.

International/Intercultural Committee

* Collaborate with the Russian ACEI on tasks related to the ACEI World Conference.

* Collaborate with the Membership Committee in order to increase the international membership.

* Further develop partnerships with other ACEI Committees.

* Explore the possibility of establishing an International/ Intercultural Committee section on the ACEI Web site.

* Facilitate interaction between members inside and outside the United States.

* Plan a roundtable session with international attendees at the 2007 Annual Conference.

* Welcome members attending the 2007 Annual Conference from outside the United States.

* Publish four columns in ACEI Exchange.

Membership Committee

* Continue to educate Branch leaders about all information and benefits available to members through publications such as the Leader News.

* Work with the International/Intercultural Committee to explore alternative types of membership categories for individual and group members outside the United States.

* Recruit members who are potential ACEI leaders who are willing to serve as future Executive Board Members.

Nominating Committee

* Seek highly qualified candidates from diverse countries/cultures for election to the ACEI Executive Board.

* Recommend appropriate committee policy changes to the Executive Board.

* Publicize open Executive Board positions through publications and electronic means.

Presidents' Council

* Network with groups (e.g., UNICEF, World Food Organization) that are conducting projects outside of the United States, and take part in their projects.

* Encourage all Branches/members to adopt a global focus project that would have an impact on the lives of children. Professional Standards/Teacher Education Committee

* Establish a Committee Web site with a link to the ACEI Web page, as well as a Committee list serv.

* Devise a committee e-mail list of ACEI higher education members for use to increase the participation in committee meetings.

* Design a survey for higher education ACEI members that would identify issues and topics of interest for inclusion in ACEI publications and at Conferences.

Program Development Committee

* Focus ACEI Exchange and The Activist columns to solicit and share relevant ideas.

* Explore a global contact with the Pacific-Asian international organization PECERA.

Public Affairs Committee

* Continue to work with UNICEF and other NGOs in support of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

* Continue to recruit media representatives from outside the U.S.

* Continue to encourage the distribution of press kits to membership to empower local advocacy on behalf of ACEI.

* Gain a more global perspective by connecting with the International/Intercultural Committee in identifying issues through the World Forum Alliance.

* Continue to partner with OMEP on global advocacy efforts for children.

* Support national and international advocacy.

* Act on the resolution for Awareness and Prevention of Childhood Obesity.

Publications Committee

* Address global concerns with an International Focus Issue on Changing Policies and Practices: An International Perspective.

* Work with writers and editors from outside the U.S.

* Publish a special publication on teaching and learning about religion and faith.

* Pursue special publications on tolerance (responsive and caring teaching), Hispanic children & families, and children caring for the environment.

Research Committee

* Develop additional Web site information.

* Continue to provide special consideration in the submission and review of international proposals for research sessions.

* Provide E-mail information for each presenter at the conference.

Retired Members Committee

* Remain active in providing a leadership role in elementary, K-8, and preschool education and through Global Guidelines Task Force.

Student Committee

* Work with the International/Intercultural Committee to support ACEI Student Branches in other countries.

* Develop a student link on the main ACEI Web page to help strengthen communication between Branches.

Technology Committee

* Continue to promote the virtual presentations in order to reach a more global audience.

Week of the Classroom Teacher Committee

* Promote the Week of the Classroom Teacher (WOCT) activities as widely as possible within the United States and in International Branches of ACEI.

* Write a column for The Activist on the WOCT theme of Education for Transformation: Impact on the Children of the World.

* Increase the number of State Governors who proclaim the Week of the Classroom Teacher.

* Continue to develop updated promotional materials for Week of the Classroom Teacher.

* Plan a celebration for the 2007 Hall of Excellence at the Annual Conference, featuring the Celebration Posters.

GOAL TWO TO PROMOTE ACEI'S LONG-STANDING COMMITMENT TO THE WHOLE CHILD AND THE WHOLE CURRICULUM

Awards Committee

* Continue our commitment to the whole child and curriculum, as well as excellence in leadership and teaching through our recognition of deserving individuals.

Conference Committee

* Continue virtual presentations as part of the Annual Conference.

Diversity Concerns Committee

* Become more active in presenting diversity-related issues in presentations and publications.

Heritage Committee

* Present sessions at the 2007 Annual Conference on nurturing children's development through the use of Froebel's Gifts and Occupations.

Infancy/Early Childhood Committee

* Host a non-ticketed keynote address by a well-known individual, addressing readiness for learning research and issues.

Intermediate/Middle Childhood Committee

* Promote commitment to the whole child by sharing current research and issues specific to intermediate/middle level children in a variety of venues.

* Encourage committee members to contribute to ACEI publications and to share information about issues specific to various states.

* Continue to explore "best practices" that enhance the curriculum for young adolescents.

* Collaborate with other ACEI committees to include young adolescent issues in ACEI's commitment to the "whole child."

Nominating Committee

* Seek highly qualified candidates for the ACEI Executive Board through E-mailings to all Branch presidents.

Presidents' Council

* Encourage Branches and members to volunteer with organizations that work with and benefit children.

Program Development Committee

* Seek to involve more classroom teachers and preservice teachers at the ACEI Annual Conference.

* Collaborate with the Membership Committee.

Public Affairs Committee

* Continue to encourage and engage in collaborative partnerships and discussions with other affiliate organizations and agencies in guiding and implementing effective change for all children.

* Continue to produce timely press releases, position statements, and resolutions that address development of the whole child.

* Increase the awareness of the membership to current relevant topics that relate to the whole child and the whole curriculum through advocacy.

Publications Committee

* Maintain and strengthen ACEI's use of journal and Focus Quarterly articles, columns, theme issues, position statements, and special publications to address timely issues in education.

* Publish special publications on accommodations for children with special needs, on play, and on sexual orientation issues.

* Pursue publications concerning mental and physical health. Research Committee

* Provide online resources to assist in improving written proposals and preparation of presentations.

* Continue to have a variety of presentations across multiple areas of development and ages. Retired Members Committee

* Continue mentoring teachers locally and working with children in a variety of ways.

Student Committee

* Sponsor 2 Make-n-Take Sessions at the 2007 Annual Conference.

* Continue the Student Track at the 2007 ACEI Annual Conference that will be professionally and practically relevant to students. Technology Committee

* Provide technology training at the 2007 Annual Conference to help participants become or remain current in the use of technology in the classroom curriculum.

Week of the Classroom Teacher Committee

* Arrange links between Web sites of State Departments of Education and ACEI WOCT Web information.

* Arrange links between Web sites of PTAs and ACEI WOCT Web information.

GOAL THREE TO SUSTAIN ACEI'S LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ENSURING EXCELLENCE IN THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN--BIRTH THROUGH EARLY ADOLESCENCE

Conference Committee

* Increase the number of classroom teachers in the Teacher Plenary Session.

Diversity Concerns Committee

* Sponsor a tour or other activities to showcase exemplary programs in the Tampa, FL, area during the 2007 Annual Conference.

Infancy/Early Childhood Committee

* Review Infancy/Early Childhood Proposals for the 2007 Annual Conference in Tampa, FL.

Intermediate/Middle Childhood Committee

* Investigate practices, policies, and politics of educational designs related to intermediate/middle childhood and continue to explore the possibility of a pamphlet specific to that age.

* Continue to explore practices, policies, and politics of educational designs that will ensure excellence in the education of young adolescents.

Membership Committee

* Put the ACEI Leadership Training Session on the ACEI Web site.

Nominating Committee

* Actively seek highly qualified candidates from various levels for election to the ACEI Executive Board.

* Publicize open Board positions during the Annual Conference, make nominating forms available, and provide a closed box where nomination forms can be deposited.

Presidents' Council

* Encourage all Branches and members to conduct a children's event or community service project that focuses on children.

* Encourage all Branches/members to work towards the Branch Excellence Award.

Professional Standards/Teacher Education Committee

* Address timely topics via the Committee's column in the ACE! Exchange and Focus on Teacher Education.

* Design a survey for higher education ACEI members that would identify issues and topics they would like to see in ACEI publications and Conferences.

Program Development Committee

* Publish at least one column for the ACEI Exchange that features research-based best practices that work for the teaching of reading in the content areas for teachers of older students. Public Affairs Committee

* Work to revise the Position Statement on Children & War (1973).

* Update past ACEI resolutions.

* Continue to explore collaborative efforts with the Publication Committee to review, update, and rewrite position papers. Publications Committee

* Work on a special issue of Childhood Education that addresses the problem of modern segregation.

* Pursue special publications on numeracy, uses and misuses of technology, and media literacy.

Research Committee

* Volunteer to review ACEI publications.

* Volunteer to review proposals for the 2007 Annual Conference.

Student Committee

* Annually publish one issue of the ACEI Student Connection.

* Encourage students to submit articles for publication in the ACEI

Student Connection.

* Annually submit two articles to the ACEI Exchange.

Technology Committee

* Initiate training sessions to ensure a technologically educated membership that will incorporate technology in classrooms from early childhood to college teacher training. Week of the Classroom Teacher Committee

* Highlight the role of Read-a-Louds in the role of "Transformation: Impact on the Children of the World.

GOAL FOUR TO SUPPORT ACEI'S UNIQUE LEADERSHIP ROLE IN ENSURING EXCELLENCE IN TEACHER EDUCATION GLOBALLY

Conference Committee

* The 2007 Annual Conference will be held in Tampa, Florida.

Diversity Concerns Committee

* Endorse a presentation on issues of diversity at the 2007 Annual Conference by student committee member Charles Prentice.

Heritage Committee

* Encourage the use of Froebel's Gifts and Occupations, which will stimulate excellence in elementary teacher education. Infancy/Early Childhood Committee

* Participate in the ACEI Member-Get-a-Member Campaign. Intermediate/Middle Childhood Committee

* Share innovative "best practices" and research data through a variety of publications.

* Encourage I/MC Committee members to become ACEI/NCATE Program Reviewers.

International/Intercultural Committee

* Plan a roundtable session with international attendees at the 2007 Annual Conference.

Membership Committee

* Increase membership globally so that it will impact upon teacher education.

Nominating Committee

* Use mailings to committee chairpersons to solicit names of qualified teacher education nominees as candidates for election to the ACEI Executive Board.

Presidents' Council

* Encourage all Branches and members to mentor a first-year teacher or child care provider.

* Encourage all Branches and members to support college students in another country.

* Encourage all Branches and members to support Past President Blackwell's Adopt-a-Teacher initiative.

Professional Standards/Teacher Education Committee

* Continue to recruit program reviewers.

* Sponsor a panel session regarding the use of the "teacher work sample" methodology as a way to document performance assessment evidence in Program Reviews. Emphasis to be on teacher candidates' impact on student learning.

* Co-sponsor a 2007 Conference session, with the Technology Committee, on using E-portfolios with teacher candidates.

* Refine the rubric used by members in reviewing proposals for the 2007 Annual Conference.

Program Development Committee

* Disseminate the newest research related to best practices for students in Pre-K--grade 12.

Public Affairs Committee

* Continue using The Activist as a way to disseminate current/ relevant ACEI issues and promote advocacy among the membership.

* Encourage the use of a working session for Committee Chairs at the 2007 Conference to promote committee collaboration.

Publications Committee

* Address the needs and concerns of teacher educators through Focus on Teacher Education, Childhood Education articles, and the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, as well as special publications.

* Offer Focus on Teacher Education in electronic format, improving our ability to provide leadership in ensuring education excellence.

* Build prestige of the Focus publications, through peer review, as a measure of professional development.

Research Committee

* Submit a column for The Activist newsletter informing members of the results for the research proposal review process and updates.

* Develop a special session/forum for student research.

* Use a moderator to provide in-session feedback to the presenters in one research forum.

Student Committee

* Continue to work with the Week of the Classroom Teacher Committee to honor educators around the globe. Week of the Classroom Teacher Committee

* Spread the information of special Read-alouds to promote "Education for Transformation: Impact on the Children of the World," by using the handouts at the OMEP meeting and the International Committee meeting.
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