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Giving from the heart.

Steven B. Sitvern was named the first recipient of the ACEI Staff Recognition Award during the Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX. The award recognizes an ACEI member who has personally assisted Headquarters staff over many years with various projects, and has served as a source of information, inspiration, and wise counsel in the true spirit of volunteerism.

Professor of Childhood Education in the College of Education at Auburn University, Silvern has been an ACEI member for 32 years. During that time, he has served as Chair of the Research, Publications, and Technology Committees. He has edited the software and research review columns in Childhood Education, and he has served as both Associate Editor and Editor for the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

"ACEI is special to me for two reasons," Silvern notes. He says it's about what the Association stands for, "which in a really broad sense is the betterment of the world, and the other piece of that is the commitment of the people associated with ACEI to that purpose. ACEI says if we can make the condition of childhood better, ultimately that makes the world a better place. It's a lofty, noble purpose and people who work to that end are exceptional." These qualities have endeared ACEI to Silvern, and have ultimately made the Association unique among its membership.

Silvern delivered the closing keynote address during the Annual Conference. His presentation, "Educating Mind and Spirit: Embracing a Confluence of Cultures in the Education of Children," explored how embracing a convergence of cultures, philosophies, and experiences improves the educational focus of the whole individual. He noted that if you're going to praise someone, you praise that person for the specific, cognitive, or behavioral function and not just a general kind of praise. Clearly, this was why the ACEI Staff Recognition Award touched him so. After all, he is not easily impressed nor empowered by awards and titles. "It was important to me that the staff felt like what I've been giving to the Association is something that comes from my heart. To have that recognized is really touching," stated Silvern.

When asked how he would introduce himself to the younger generation of ACEI members who may be awed by his accomplishments, Silvern responded: "I would say Hi, I'm Steve Silvern, and I've had the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of giants. If you want to know about ACEI, engage yourself with the Association, find out about its history, and those who have made quiet contributions because I don't view what I've done as an accomplishment. I view what I've done as just trying to help ACEI achieve its goal of making the world a better place."

Wise counsel, Dr. Silvern.

--Jana Pauldin, Former ACEI Public Relations Manager

Roll of Honor

Deceased ACEI members who served the Association for Childhood Education International with distinction and contributed significantly to the betterment of children throughout their careers can be nominated to have their names inscribed on the Roll of Honor and included in the Book of Remembrances. To nominate an individual, please submit a letter of support, a completed recommendation form to ACEI Headquarters, and a contribution to the ACEI Memorial Endowment Fund. Nominees are approved by the Executive Board. For more information, or to receive a nomination form, please contact Headquarters at 301-570-2111, 1-800-423-3563, or
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Title Annotation:Association for Childhood Education International awards Steven B. Sitvern, Jana Pauldin
Author:Pauldin, Jana
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Sep 22, 2006
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