After doing some research on the available resources that I can use as my collection of professional references, I have narrowed down the list to two professional journals namely, the Early Childhood Education Journal and the International Journal of Early Years Education; the professional organization ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development); and the series of professional development e-Mentoring service from Teaching for Success. I shall discuss them in detail in the succeeding paragraphs.
The Early Childhood Education Journal is a Springer Publication, whose editor is based in Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which analyses and discusses trends and issues, policies and practices in the early childhood education field. Its peer-reviewed articles provide thoroughly researched and scientifically supported points of view and recommendations. The primary readers of this publication series of the Springer group are early childhood practitioners, that is, classroom teachers of preschool and primary levels, care providers at children centers, and teacher educators. The topics for discussion of the Early Childhood Education Journal range from curriculum issues, child care programs, primary faculty and staff development, family-school relationships, advocacies for children, and information relevant to children’s health. Following and actually reading the issues of this journal will assist me in making wise decisions that a primary level teacher is expected to do. Reading it will also make me learn much about field, and see in practice all the theories I learn as a student-teacher.
Another rich source of information for professional development is the International Journal of Early Years Education, which is a quarterly publication of the Taylor & Francis Group. This professional journal serves as a forum venue where researchers and practitioners in early childhood education raise debates involving theories and issues, policies and practices affecting the field worldwide. This specific publication of Taylor & Francis is rich in practical information on innovative classroom practices used in different parts of the world and that have gone through thorough evaluation. All articles in this publication undergo a comprehensive and detailed peer review process to ensure the worth and impact of each article, with the main team of editors based in the United Kingdom, supported with an international editorial board. The intended group of readers of the International Journal of Early Years Education is primarily all teachers, staff, student-teachers, teacher educators, and parents involved in improving the learning process of children in their early years of education.
As a teacher interested to benefit from the services of this organization, I can decide to invest in the membership fees because I believe that joining such a group would help me in my professional growth. The organization offers several programs designed and intended to improve teachers’ ability to make the right instructional decisions through a well-planned and well-informed professional development.
The fourth option I chose to put in my chest of professional resources is a series of materials for professional development. The Teaching for Success is a “Faculty Success Center” (www.teachingforsuccess.com) that had been in the mission to help teachers since 1989. Their way of fulfilling their mission is through e-Mentoring, an online mentoring program. What is great about this source of professional development is they come in small chunks. It is possible to subscribe free to their Teaching for Success Tips, which is emailed twice weekly. Receiving teaching tips in little doses is effective because it would enable me to practice one thing at a time instead of receiving an overwhelming dose of information.
The proponents of the Teaching for Success Center are Jack Shrawder, who is the Executive Director and Penny Shrawder, the Owner and Manager. Jack is an expert in the field of training and development, while Penny is an expert in the arts and web development. Their partnership went a long way in helping many teachers all over the world to improve their classroom teaching. Through their e-Mentoring program, many teachers are able to receive specific, practical, and proven working tips to advance in the profession and help students make better progress in their learning.
The four specific resources that I discussed above will be the first contents of my professional resource treasure chest. They will really be a help in my classroom teaching, decision making, and professional growth.
List of official websites of the resources mentioned above
Early Childhood Education Journal: http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/learning+%26+instruction/journal/10643
International Journal for Early Years of Education: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ciey20/current
Teaching for Success: http://teachingforsuccess.com/about-us.html