Mar 30 2023
Dr. Adrianna Smyrniotis, a Professor at Illinois Central College on NACCTEP Now
In this episode we meet Dr. Andrianna Smyrniotis who was able to adapt Illinois Central College's stackable early childhood certificates and degree program during the pandemic both through having a Children's Center on campus to use as a learning lab as well as through The Tank's Remote Field Experiences: Observations and Videos on the ACCESS website - www.accessece.org. You can contact ACCESS at firstname.lastname@example.org Illinois Central College has three levels to their early childhood program, a Basic certificate which is their most popular program, an Advanced certificate which builds on the Basic certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science which builds on the Advanced certificate and is transferable to Bachelor degree programs in the state. Her wish is that all college and university programs align their educator preparation to NAEYC's Power to the Profession or something similar.
Dr. Smyrniotis recommends a couple of books for educators. The first is by Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards: The trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes which speaks to how teachers can improve their classroom skills and reactions. The second book is a guide to help educators take care of themselves which is such a critical thing to continuing to be a quality educator, Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators by Julie Nicholson, Priya Driscoll, Julie Kurtz, Domenica Marquez, and LaWanda Wesley.
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