Voices from the Field: Collaborative Innovations in Early Childhood Educator Preparation is jointly published by the IERC and IBHE, and highlights the accomplished work of many of our state’s two- and four-year faculty to redesign early childhood educator preparation programs to meet regional and state workforce needs. Stephanie Bernoteit, IBHE, Johnna Darragh Ernst, Heartland Community College and Nancy Latham, Illinois State University edited this book. The project manager was Janet Holt, IERC Executive Director, with considerable assistance from Jennifer Barnhart, IERC Research Associate, and Rebecca Butler, professor emeritus, NIU.
This edited book has chapters authored by EC faculty from both the 2-year and 4-year sectors and provides clear, tangible examples of how universities across Illinois worked together, often with regional employers, to design pathways for early childhood educators to earn the state’s industry-recognized Gateways credentials while taking college coursework leading to degrees. Each chapter has a unique focus and together, their “Voices” provide significant insight into the innovative partnerships that the EPPI grants inspired. The editors have been at the forefront of the early childhood credentialing and competency assessment design in Illinois.
Voices from the Field is available in the public domain through the IERC website and can be downloaded and used for non-commercial purposes with proper attribution.