Time Well Spent

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We never stop learning. This journey had its ups and downs. I had to exhibit a lot of stamina and flexibility to keep my head above water with the other “roles” I have in my life. I learned to say “no” when I usually say “yes” to take on extra things. I have used my “village” to help with my children and parenting duties, especially when they got sick – one would get sick and then the other and then my husband. Needless to say, I am looking forward to getting more sleep and spending more time reading stories and winding down with my children at night.

If I could mention three deeply felt learnings from this program I would begin with the interviewing and observation of adult educators with their students. It helped bring reality to the field and where I want to go and who I would like to learn more from. I learned more about my colleagues, too. Second, the subject of microaggression was very powerful. I have never heard that term before and that media segment with Dr. Derald Wing Sue brought to light that it is everywhere. Last, the instructional strategies course made my goal more real. I began to imagine myself in the front of a classroom trying to connect with adult learners and keep their attention and interest in the material.

My ultimate goal is to become an adjunct professor at the local community college teaching early childhood and child development courses. With a Master’s degree, I also hope to be able to be a trainer in my area for early childhood practitioners and different organizations that provide assistance to them.

Thank you to all that have given me advice and feedback throughout this course. I wish you all best in your future endeavors. I also hope to keep in touch with you all throughout your career and create a network with you. Here is my email address: JPBaylon@yahoo.com. Find me on Facebook: Joyce Baylon Oandasan. I hope you use it and I hope this isn’t that last time I hear from you!

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Jobs in the ECE Community: Internationally

The first organization I thought of was Unicef. They make strong cases for young children. They have targeted interventions in the development of the whole child – health, nutrition, water, sanitation, and education and educational interventions. There were a few jobs that I found interesting and, to be honest, after looking at some of the locations, I was nervous about my safety. I did find a job that sounded interesting but I may not be qualified for because of my age: New and Emerging Talent Initiative (NETI). “The NETI Programme focuses on attracting, selecting, developing and retaining new talent from entry to mid-career levels to grow and to develop within the organisation. NETI participants work actively in multicultural environments within the development and humanitarian arenas while contributing to delivering results for children” (Unicef, 2016).

Minimum requirements for applicants: 

  • Have completed an advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • Be fluent in English and at an intermediate level (working knowledge) in another official language of the United Nations i.e., Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish.
  • Be ready to be assigned to any UNICEF office worldwide, including hardship duty stations.
  • Have at least two years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-2 level, and at least five years of relevant work experience for functions at the P-3 level. Relevant experience should include work in developing countries and in multicultural environments.

Preference will be given to candidates under 35 years of age.

The second organization I researched was the World Forum Foundation. Their mission is “to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings” (World Forum Foundation, 2017). I could not find any careers, but I did see the opportunity to be a National Representative for the United States. The purpose of the representative is to communicate with the Board of Directors informed of key early childhood issues and ensure initiatives are implemented locally. I was surprised to recognize the representative for the United States, Luis Hernandez. He is very involved with NAEYC and I even remember attending one of his workshops at an annual conference many years ago.

The last organization I researched was the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The purpose of OECD is to promote policies that will support social and economic well-being around the world. They draw on facts and experiences from everywhere. A job opening is available as a Policy Analyst – 21st Century Children. The job would identify “the new physical, psychological, social and technological challenges in children’s lives and analyses their effect on education and children’s overall well-being” (n.d.). Some qualifications are to have an advanced university degree, experience in research, project management, and organizing workshops and conferences.

References

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (n.d.). Policy analyst – 21st century children. Retrieved from https://oecd.taleo.net/careersection/ext/jobdetail.ftl

Unicef. (2016). New and emerging talent initiative. Retrieved from https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_74609.html

World Forum Foundation. (2017). National representatives. Retrieved from https://worldforumfoundation.org/about-us/leadership/national-representatives/

Jobs in ECE Community: National/Federal Level

There are three national and federal organizations that I have researched and that appeal to me.

1. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) https://naeyc.applicantpro.com/jobs/538155.html

A career that I found interesting and that is currently available is Director of Marketing and Membership. This job consists of creating a marketing plan to increase membership by working with a creative team. Another part of the job that caught my eye is to provide opportunities for professional development and growth. The skills needed include strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Qualifications include having a Bachelor’s degree as well as years of experience in marketing, membership, and social media. With my passion for mentoring new early childhood practitioners, it would be awesome to get them to understand their profession. By increasing membership with students members or new teachers, I feel I can help them feel their power in this profession.

2. Zero to Three https://www.dcjobs.com/j/t-Regional-Field-Specialist-Region-IX-e-ZERO-TO-THREE-l-San-Francisco,-CA-jobs-j23509688.html?pbid=68243

Another career I found was with Zero to Three as a Regional Field Specialist (RFS) in California. I would be responsible for providing training and technical assistance for staff in the region I am assigned to. I would be part of a team of other RFSs that meet with the Team Manager of the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NC ECDTL). It asks for at least seven years of experience in Early Childhood Education and a preferred couple of years in a management position. This job speaks to me for training purposes to meet the needs of staff. I found the requirement of travel as a perk. I see job advancement with this career by traveling to other regions and even becoming a Team Manager.

3. U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) http://www.dodea.edu/Americas/officesAM/amHR/amJobs.cfm

The last place I was interested in finding a career was with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). I know there are a lot of naval bases here in Virginia Beach but I was not aware of the different opportunities within the education department that are available. There is a position called the Professional Practice and Improvement Specialist (PPIS). I would be responsible for providing guidance to school leadership teams, creating action plans for innovative practices, and providing professional development for teachers. The qualifications require a Master’s degree in Education or related fields, and experience in elementary or secondary school experience. I believe that would pose a challenge for me, but I feel that I could still contribute to the professional development of teachers.

This blog assignment sparked my interest in exploring other careers besides what I originally hoped to do, become an adjunct professor at a community college. I hope that once I am finished, I am looking forward to other positions in the field in my area.

 

Exploring Roles in the ECE Community – Local and State Levels

Before researching the websites of the organizations that came to mind, I already knew three that I would include in my blog. However, when clicking on different links within the websites, I found myself opening so many tabs with other websites. I was finally able to narrow it down to three, but I will definitely bookmark the other sites I visited. I chose organizations that I know of and I have some idea about and I would not mind joining their teams.

1. Virginia Beach GrowSmart https://www.vbgrowsmart.com

This organization is at the local level. Their mission is “to promote and improve the healthy development, school readiness, and reading proficiency of young children, ages 0-8, in Virginia Beach” (Virginia Beach GrowSmart, 2016). I chose them because they are active in the early childhood community. They provide free training to early childhood providers and resources funded by the city of Virginia Beach. I did not realize how many partnerships they have with other organizations. They work with small business programs, a reading program for preschools and families, the Virginia Star Quality Initiative, and other community organizations for young children. There are no job opportunities posted, but I would be interested in assisting with professional learning and development that is offered to preschool teachers in the city. I see that they partner with another organization to provide the trainings, so I would assume that I would need to contact both organizations to express my interest and let them know my experience.

2. Early Education Business Consultants http://www.earlyeducationbusiness.com/

This business is based at the local level. Their purpose is to teach best business practices to preschools and to improve early childhood education quality. This resonated with me because I have a passion for helping new early childhood educators to be successful in the beginning years of their career. The goals of the business also appealed to me, specifically, reducing employee turnover, stress, and Director overload. Though I do not see career opportunities, I would submit a resume because I have been a Director for almost ten years and prior to that, I had seven years of classroom experience with ages 0-14. I think my experience would be an asset to Lauren Small and her consulting team.

3. Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team http://www.vcpd.net/

This organization is at the state level. Their mission is to “focus on high-quality professional development for early childhood practitioners” (Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development, 2013). They connect other early childhood resources across the state with each other. They also believe there is a need to provide professional development and support to those who care for young children. Though there are not many positions, they did offer checklists for finding quality professional development providers. The questions asked about work experience, administrative experience, education, and training experience. They had a list of members who were all affiliated with different organizations across the state and universities and colleges. With these members, they belong to different workgroups, too.

Professional Thanks and Support

This has been one of my favorite courses in this program. I came into this class thinking I was a pretty good communicator. I learned more lessons in collaboration and different approaches I can try when things aren’t going well. It was also nice to hear that my colleagues shared some of these difficult communications with me and some even provided great advice. I would like to take the time to thank all of my colleagues in this course, especially Christina S. and Chenay L. Christina and I have shared one other class together. It is great to see how each of us has grown through discussions and blogs. I’ve been following Chenay’s blog this course and we have shared similar experiences in communicating and collaborating. I wish you both, as well as the rest of our group, much success as we approach the finish line!

The Adjournment Stage

I have been a part of many groups where goals had to be met and accomplished. In thinking about the successes from each group, one team comes to mind where interdependence was established and the feel of the group was positive and motivated. It was hard to leave this group because we all respected each other. We put on a state conference in 2012 and the conference chairpersons were effective leaders. Each and every person in the group was able to contribute and felt valued. We were a high-performing group. It was not hard to leave because we met our goal and pulled off a very successful, heavily attended state conference. We left feeling accomplished. The relationships that I made were hard to leave but easy to maintain by opting to remain friends outside of the conference. With facebook and emails, it was easy to keep in touch.

It was not hard to leave because we met our goal and pulled off a very successful, heavily attended state conference. We left feeling accomplished. The relationships that I made were hard to leave but easy to maintain by opting to remain friends outside of the conference. With facebook and emails, it was easy to keep in touch. Even at the end of the conference, we celebrated. We had a meeting with the next year’s conference committee and shared all of the insights, successes, and failures with them. Afterwards, our committee leaders showed their gratitude by giving each of us a personalized gift. It showed how much they got to know their committee member and it showed that they listened and cared. We felt appreciated considering this is all voluntary work.

I imagine that I will keep in touch with a handful of fellow Walden colleagues in this master’s degree program. Many of us have had multiple courses together and I believe there are a handful of us in the same concentration. It has felt like a family of support during the courses. We share many of the same opinions and if we don’t, it is a safe environment for us to speak freely and openly about our differing perspectives. Walden has allowed us to be part of the vision to create social change, specifically in the field of early childhood studies. I love how we know a lot about each other and we have never formally met in person. As we near the end of our program, I believe it is essential to “adjourn” because we can be valuable to each other as resources and as friends. I do hope that I am able to meet some of my Walden colleagues some day!