Wow! This has been a very interesting week as I have worked on this assignment. I have to say that I was very excited about the actual assignment of connecting with other professionals because I enjoyed doing the observations and interviews in the previous course. I thought it was a great idea and was eager to get started. Unfortunately it has proven to be a little harder than expected. I started by choosing just four email links from Global Alliance of NAEYC website (http://www.naeyc.org/resources/partnership/globalalliance) most of which were returned right away. I went back through and emailed all of the contacts listed, some returned and the others I haven't heard from. As a back-up I did go ahead and start on the alternative assignment.
As for expanding my resources I chose to sign up for several newsletters including one outside the US, Association for Childhood Education International http://acei.org/. Because I am familiar with the NAEYC website I chose to explore a different website, National Black Child Development Institute (http://nbcdi.org/) as this is not an organization that has a chapter in my area. Always hungry for knowledge I spent a great deal of time on the a few websites Center for Child Care Workforce (http://www.ccw.org/index.php), and NAECTE (http://www.naecte.org/). I plan to continue to explore each of the websites and I've enjoyed the news and resources shared on the pages thus far.
Thanks Michele for sharing the info about LinkedIn. I remember the webinar (I watched it and never acted on that advice; sad to stay that as much as I love technology I have been slow to embrace the social media networks like LinkedIn and Facebook). I did sign up and I will try to find professional contacts using that route.
To sum up my experience and progress this week: I am hopeful that I will make contact with more than two professionals and I will continue to try other resources and share anything helpful that I find.