The organization I chose to research was The National Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.naeyc.org/. This organization’s goal is to “promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.” This organization promotes and supports high-quality Early Childhood practices both locally and nationally. This mission statement alone drew me to this organization, as it is all-encompassing of the Early Childhood field. Based on my position as a Kindergarten teacher, I have a constant goal of providing outstanding education to my students and families.
A current issue reflected on this website that caught my attention was in an article entitled “Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom.” This article addresses the need for and value surrounding educators’ intentional decisions to include diverse literature and varying cultural practices in the classroom. For example, a white teacher sits down with a black student and together, they work to braid a doll’s hair, similar to the student’s hair. The teacher follows this activity with a book on hair braiding (Wanless and Crawford, 2016). The article goes on to recommend that teachers use rich text as well as stories that are culturally relatable to children, but also allow them to understand others in our multicultural world and in our classrooms (Wanless and Crawford, 2016). Intentionally-chosen, high-quality literature can provide a gateway for educators to begin conversations with their students about race and cultural diversity. I love this idea and am adding several of the suggested titles in this article to my classroom book wish list.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children: http://www.naeyc.org/
Wanless, S. B., & Crawford, P. A. (2016, May). Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom. In The National Association for the Education of Young Children. Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/may2016/culturally-responsive-classroom