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Nov. 9, 2009
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NAEYC Radio presents...
How to better serve all children
(Washington, DC) - This month’s NAEYC Radio segment features Luis A. Hernandez, an early childhood education expert, who discusses the ways in which using developmentally appropriate practice and engaging with families and the community can ensure that early childhood programs truly serve all children.
Rae Pica and Mark R. Ginsberg interviewed Mr. Hernandez in this month’s segment of NAEYC Radio, a program brought to you by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the BAM Radio Network.
In this segment, Mr. Hernandez says that it is very important as teachers to look at the individual child and individual families when setting curriculum and lesson plans. He also said Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 has helped him with many aspects of educating young children from curriculum development and community engagement to observations and assessments.
He also praises passionate teachers who have been in the field for decades and hopes that one day early childhood educators will be better compensated for their hard work. “It’s all about both the love for their work and…that there is real joy about learning,” he said. “...I think the message from many teachers is how do we keep our sense of excitement [and] joy and how can I keep my fire going so that I can keep doing this work for 30 years plus.”
Luis A. Hernandez, Training & Technical Assistance Services Early Childhood Education Specialist at Western Kentucky University, holds an M.A. in bilingual/multicultural education. He is active in a number of national organizations that support children and family interests. At NAEYC, he is active in the new accreditation process, and developing professional and leadership development opportunities.
Mr. Hernandez will join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a speaker at the Opening General Session 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.
Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D., is the executive director of NAEYC.
The BAM Radio Network was originally launched as a resource for parents, aimed at delivering the most reliable information on early childhood development and developmentally appropriate parenting to busy moms and dads. Created by leading early childhood experts, the programming quickly became a popular resource among teachers and educators and was expanded to include an Educators' Channel.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children has nearly 90,000 members worldwide. The association is the largest and most influential voice for early childhood education professionals and the field of early childhood education in the United States.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.