Childhood Education

Founded in 1924, Childhood Education is an academic journal owned and published by the Association for Childhood Education International, a professional association of educators and parents whose goal is to foster the development of sound educational practices for children from infancy through early adolescence. The journal is published six times per year. Its editorial offices are located in Olney, Md. Childhood Education has 12,000 member and institutional subscribers located in over 53 different countries. Membership consists of classroom teachers, school administrators, educational consultants, teachers-in-training, childcare workers, librarians, parents and caregivers. Articles provide information on topics related to innovative classroom practices, child development, family dynamics, international issues and original research. The journal also conducts product reviews of children's books, videos, software and teaching materials.Originally established in 1892, the Association for Childhood Education International is one of the country's longest-standing professional education associations. In 1946, the Association added the term “International” to its name as a means to demonstrate the organization's concern for and commitment to the education of children in affected war zones. In 1949, the Association became a forerunner of advocacy for civil rights when it denied requests from three states that it maintain separate memberships for blacks and whites. The following year, in 1950, the Association issued its Guide for Groups Wishing to Extend Invitations to ACEI. These guidelines provided stipulations that all Association invitations include the assurance that black members would receive equal access to hotel accommodations, restaurants and public transportation. In 2008, Childhood Education was honored when two of its articles, "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm" and "Beyond Benchmarks and Scores: Reasserting the Role of Motivation and Interest in Children's Academic Achievement," were finalists for the EdPressDistinguished Achievement Awards. The Editor of Childhood Education is Anne Watson Bauer and Bruce Herzig is Assistant Editor.

Articles from Vol. 81, No. 5, Annual

2005 Annual Conference-Washington, D.C
The photo essay at the right captures some of the many highlights of the 2005 ACEI Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C., March 2326. This year's conference theme was "The Future of Education: Government, Pedagogy, and Practice." After...
2005 Conference Report from the Intermediate/Middle Childhood Committee
Wow! What a wonderful week we all had in Washington! The yearly goals of the Intermediate / Middle Childhood Committee were well-addressed during the ACEI 2005 Conference & Exhibition held in Washington, D.C., in March. The annual conference...
A 1st-Grade Teacher's Survival Guide to the Implementation and Management of Literacy Centers during Guided Reading
Self-guided literacy centers are often touted as productive and creative alternatives to extended seat work while the teacher meets with guided reading groups. Indeed, they can be. But, if she is not careful, those same centers that a teacher lovingly...
A Hungarian Preschool for the Children, Teachers, and Families
This article describes an exceptional Eastern European preschool where all stakeholders--children, teachers, and parents--place a high value on the unique synergy of inclusive and bilingual education. Imagine you are going on a bicycle ride in a...
A Personal Touch Makes All the Difference
After returning to Pennsylvania from the ACEI Conference in Washington, D.C., all I can say is, "Wow!" I am a new member to the organization, so I was not sure what to expect--other than experiences that I've had with other conferences. The first thing...
Building Literacy Traditions: A Family Affair
Rebecca Giles and Karyn Wellhousen Rebecca Giles is Associate Professor and Karyn Wellhousen is Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership and Teacher Education, University of South Alabama, Mobile. During a recent playful exchange with my...
Call for Presentations
April 12-15, 2006 * Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas Embracing a Confluence of Cultures in the Education of Children Rules of Participation 1. No one may submit more than two proposals, either as a presenter or co-presenter...
Center-Based Teaching and Children's Learning: The Effects of Learning Centers on Young Children's Growth and Development
There are many reasons why early childhood professionals recommend the use of learning centers in classrooms for young children (Kostelnik, Soderman, & Whiren, 2004). Centers provide children with opportunities for making choices, working with...
Crossing Borders: The Arts Engage Academics and Inspire Children
The arts become a form of resistance, providing educators with a tool to resist mechanical and oppressive school experiences and cultivate a personal voice among children. Two professors on opposite coasts joined forces to design a course for pre-...
Digital Diversions: Keeping the Focus on the Art of Teaching in the Mathematics Classroom
I am a passionate backpacker--I love the mountains, the magnificent vistas, the solitude, and the vibrant alpine wildflower meadows. Until recently, I lugged along my "antique" film camera to record the magical moments of my expeditions. However, I...
Free Diversity Videos and Web Publications
I recently had the opportunity to participate in the final professional development activity of Walking the Walk, an outreach project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The project focuses on systems...
From Dream to Reality: Today's Teachers Preparing for Future Schools
What has been happening with education is that for many years it has been stable.... Over the past several years there has been more ... intensive media coverage, more concern from political and religious groups, more demands from business, more special...
Improving Vocabulary Instruction
According to Ellery (2005), "In 2000, the National Reading Panel (NRP) compiled a report (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [NICHD], 2000) identifying and analyzing five essential components of reading instruction shown to be...
Introduction
The theme of this issue is "Schools That Children and Teachers Deserve." Unfortunately, there are many classrooms and teachers that children do not deserve. My students frequently talk about such classrooms--often, the ones in which they earn pre-student...
Kindness in a Curriculum for Peace: Beyond "Random Acts"
Vivian Paley tells us that if we could only treat one another with kindness, the world will be a better place--the kind of place that we want it to be (Starting Small video, Teaching Tolerance Project, 1997). The dictionary tells us that kindness is...
Middle Schools That Make a Difference
Effective middle grades schools, where all young adolescents thrive and learn, are academically rigorous, developmentally appropriate, and socially equitable. Based on the research cited in three seminal documents--Turning Points: Educating Youth in...
Play Is for All of Us
Play is needed for the children of the world for ALL the children. One way for children to have a better life is for play opportunities to be given to them in their homes, at schools, at after-school programs, and in their communities. ACEI is a strong...
Reflections on Kindergarten: Giving Young Children What They Deserve
After being directly and intensely involved with the educational aspect of this unique time, it seems appropriate to reflect on what kindergartners truly deserve as l begin a new sort of journey, through my grandson's eyes. Walking into school with...
Sensitive Classroom Issues
Modernization of a nation is intended to improve the living conditions of its people. In India, technological advances have resulted in greater economic affluence for the people. More people in cities and towns benefit from the comforts of telephone,...
Serving as President: Opportunities, Discoveries, Insights, and Requests
Dear Colleagues, Thank you so very much for the privilege of serving as the 59th President (2003-2005) of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). This special experience afforded me opportunities to connect with our new, not-so-new,...
Student-Ready Schools
The influence of early childhood programs on the entire education community cannot be overstated. These programs have highlighted the important role that successful learning experiences at home and experiences in high-quality early childhood programs...
The Children of Conflict
On February 4, 2005, the Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) sponsored an annual workshop titled "A World Out of Balance: Searching for Answers Through Education" at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. ACEI is pleased...
What's in a Name?
The world-renowned infant-toddler and preprimary programs in the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia offer teachers in the United States ways to use the resources in their own landscape to break through the boundaries of textbook-driven instruction...