Academic journal article Childhood Education

Supporting Emerging Leaders

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Supporting Emerging Leaders

Article excerpt

An ACEI chapter is only as strong as the leaders who inspire it. Our Emerging Educators Committee is only as productive as its members. To successfully recruit and retain emerging educators, ACEI's leadership must foster potential chapter officers, motivate reluctant volunteers, challenge the talented to greater accomplishments, and more effectively reach out to young teachers.

Without the dedication, patience, forgiveness, and wisdom of experienced leaders, ACEI cannot continue to be the current, effective, and dynamic organization it is. Recruiting gifted leaders takes time, energy, and planning. Retaining student chapter presidents and faculty leaders, and fully engaging committee members is just as important as recruiting new volunteers.

ACEI has had a history of selfless, tireless, and determined leaders. Let us continue that legacy as we reach the next generation of students and teachers. We must celebrate their stories of accomplishment, as well as step up to help our struggling chapters. Young teachers need strong shoulders to lean on. Although we graduate highly qualified and fresh with enthusiasm for making a difference, our passion alone is not enough to survive the often hostile work environments we face. …

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