Academic journal article Childhood Education

Why I Belong to ACEI

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Why I Belong to ACEI

Article excerpt

A little over 20 years ago, my graduate dean distributed a call for proposals for presentations at an ACEI Study Conference in San Antonio, Texas. He explained to the students that if our proposals should be selected for the conference, it would be an exciting way for us to share our research on an international level, as well as to network with other professionals to expand our thinking and build our resumes. Because my proposal was accepted as an alternative, imagine my delight when a few weeks before the conference, I learned that I was to be a presenter. Thus, I attended my first study conference, where I was introduced to many interesting educators and learned about the purposes of ACEI.

Reflecting back, I realize these are still compelling and valid reasons for my belonging to ACEI. However, I believe that as my needs changed over the years (from a preschool teacher, to a university professor, to an author and consultant), this dynamic organization also has grown, in ways that provided me with cutting-edge articles and thought-provoking viewpoints in its award winning journals. I found numerous professional development opportunities to sharpen and share my writing skills and ideas while serving on the Publications Committee. …

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