New Publications, Conference Plans and Increased Membership Highlights of Mid-Year Board Meeting
Odland, Jerry, Childhood Education
In the Winter 1995/96 ACEI Ex-change I reported on the progress that we have made in recent years to strengthen the Association financially and make it a more effective organization for children and the professionals who work with them. I highlighted our successful work with conferences, membership development and retention, publications and public recognition. I also commented on the work of Headquarters staff to minimize expenses and make ACEI as efficient and productive as possible.
A guiding force in these endeavors is the ACEI Executive Board, all of whom have broad backgrounds and expertise and are highly dedicated to the Asso-ciation's mis-sion. (A list of the Board members appears on the inside cover page of this journal.) The Executive Board held their mid-year meeting on Oct. 13-15, 1995 at ACEI Headquarters. What follows is an overview of some of the significant topics reviewed by the Board.
The meeting began with departmental reports given by Headquarters staff, including Jerry Odland, Executive Director; Anne Bauer, Director of Publications; Marilyn Gardner, Director of Conferences and Marketing; Emily Hopkins, Branch Relations Manager; and Julie Wisor, Director of Membership. In addition, David Warshaw, President of the Presidents' Council, gave an update on that group's activities and the outcome of their meetings in Washington, D.C.
As a result of Executive Board action in 1995 and the outstanding efforts of the Publications Committee and Headquarters staff, we have intensified our publications program to meet the growing need for new classroom materials. If you have not yet ordered a copy of ACEI's newest book, Celebrating Family Literacy Through Intergenerational Programming edited by Margaret Matthias and Beverly Gulley, do so today, as the initial press run is nearly depleted. Other special publications planned for 1996-97 include a book about special-needs children, revised editions of two popular ACEI titles (Common Bonds: Anti-Bias I caching in a Diverse Society and Learning Opportunities Beyond the School), a publication on peace education and possibly a book about children learning in a multilingual environment.
New titles are also in the works for the ACEI Speaks series, which was introduced last year and now features:
* A Parent's Guide to Playground Safety, by Joe L. Frost and Nita L. Drescher
* Multiple Intelligences: Different Ways of Learning, by Judith C. Reiff
* Understanding Whole Language, by Stevie Hoffman
* The Multiage Classroom: A Guide for Parents, by Sandra J. Stone
* A Parent's Guide to Kindergarten, by Joan Moyer, Harriet Egertson and Joan Isenberg
* Understanding Portfolio Assessment (an alternative to traditional testing)--A Guide for Parents, by Sandra J. Stone.
ACEI Branches are encouraged to sponsor one of these informative brochures, which are also printed in Spanish, with a contribution of $200. The money will be used to help defray production costs. Delaware ACEI recently became the first ACEI Branch to sponsor a title. For more information, please contact ACEI Headquarters
There's more good news. Childhood Education, our flagship journal, will soon publish a new international issue--a free, additional benefit for ACEI members. Watch for the premiere issue coming to your mailbox in August.
The Board decided to hold the 1998 International Study Conference in Tampa, Florida. Plans for this meeting are already underway. This marks the first time that the Annual Conference will be held in Florida.
In other Board actions, a proposal was accepted to hold the 1997 ACEI World Conference in Sopron, Hungary. Headquarters staff will coordinate the travel arrangements. These plans come on the heels of a very successful 1995 meeting in Finland. The prospects for a new Hungarian ACEI Branch are very good, as some 50 or more scholars have already expressed their interest in starting a Branch, using the World Conference as a focal point. …