Gratitude for #naeycAC

Gratitude for #naeycAC

A week ago, I suggested using #CulivateOptimism to share positive or uplifting stories about working with children and families. Since I'm not the best at waiting or wallowing in negativity, the impatient/action-oriented part of me activated, and I started searching for stories that would inspire and motivate me. As I was looking, I noticed that many of my [...]

I Miss My Culture! How do I Cope?

I Miss My Culture! How do I Cope?

When I officially announced I was pursuing a Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, I received advice from mentors to prepare me for this adventure. I looked forward to beers with colleagues, extended conversations about theorists and research, and revelations about my place in academia. While these predictions have been a part of my experience [...]

Mental Health in Graduate School

Mental Health in Graduate School

When I started my doctoral program, I didn't realize that maintaining my mental health was going to be a primary focus as I juggled work, courses, presentations, publications, and connections with friends and family.  Yet, as I explained in a previous post, I have learned how to navigate and manage my relationship with anxiety while progressing [...]

A Black Feminist’s Love of Stats

A Black Feminist’s Love of Stats

Hi. My name is Amanda. I'm a Black feminist that enjoys statistics. While statistics is often a content area that provokes sighs, headaches, and eye rolls, I find the content interesting. In fact, I optionally take statistics classes to improve my understanding of quantitative research. I like doing the math and using a numerical, scientific [...]

We Give New Media and Technologies Value

My exploration of children's literature, new media and technologies continues to uncover similarities and best practices early childhood professionals and parents can apply to their work or interactions with young children.  Recently, I reread an article by Katrina Willard Hall, Ph.D. published in Young Children.  In her article "Reflecting on Our Read-Aloud Practices: The Importance of Including Culturally Authentic Literature", she states [...]

Do I Have Culture?

When I conducted my graduate studies at the Erikson Institute, culture was an intentional topic that can up in every course.  One common phrase often uttered by some students during these discussions was "I don't have a culture".  Even in my current work as an early childhood professional, I still hear these six word spoken by parents, formal and informal [...]