Academic journal article Childhood Education

Talking with Amanda Woods

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Talking with Amanda Woods

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I first met Amanda at the 2005 Annual International Conference in Washington, D.C. She was the bright and bubbly student of ACEI/UN Representatives Lynn Staley and Eva Zygmunt-Fillwalk debuting the Web site, Working Group on Education, NGO Committee under UNICEF, during the Public Affairs Global Forum. As the Web site designer, Amanda introduced an exciting new project that educated and advocated for children's rights to survival, protection, and development as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The site, now known as Equipping Teachers for Advocacy, serves as a clearinghouse for educators that promotes global education with book and video resources, an extensive listing of organizations, and Web sites devoted to promoting the health, safety, empowerment, and education of all children.

Like many of the Global Forum attendees, I was impressed with this young lady who had initiated such an extensive and detailed project. Her enthusiasm was infectious, so much so that the Public Affairs Committee members hoped to see her again. And we did, at the 2006 Conference in San Antonio. Since our last meeting, Amanda has graduated from Ball State University with a major in Elementary Education (concentration in kindergarten and child development), become a member of ACEI, joined the Public Affairs Committee, and re designed the Working Group on Education Web site. This is quite an accomplishment for someone who is experiencing all of the challenges and joys of being a first-year teacher. …

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