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ACP Ireland Symposium - Professional Equality for the Early Years Workforce
Sat 29 April 2017, 10:00 – 15:30 IST
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Marcy Whitebook and Prof. Mathias Urban will provide keynote presentations at our symposium on Professional Equality for the Early Years Workforce on Saturday 29th April 2017 at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall place, Dublin. Light lunch is included in the the symposium fee. Keynote Speakers MATHIAS URBANProfessor of Early Childhood Studies Mathias is Professor of Early Childhood Studies and Director of the Early Childhood Research Centre at the Froebel College, University of Roehampton, London, UK. He works on questions of diversity and equality, social justice, evaluation and professionalism in working with young children, families and communitiesin diverse socio-cultural contexts. From 2010 to 2011 he coordinated the European CoRe project (Competence Requirements in Early ChildhoodEducation and Care). His current and recent projects include collaborative studies on early childhoodprofessionalism in Colombia (Sistemas Competentes para la Atención Integral a la Primera Infancia), studieson Privatisation and on the impact of Assessment Regimes, and an 11-country project on Governance andLeadership for Competent Systems in Early Childhood. Mathias is an International Research Fellow with theCritical Childhood Public Policy Research Collaborative, a member of the PILIS research group (Primera Infancia,Lenguaje e Inclusión Social), Chair of the DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education andTraining), President of the International Froebel Society (IFS), and a member of the AERA special interest group critical perspectives on early childhood education. Dr. Marcy Whitebook UC Berkeley, California, USA Center for the Study of Childcare Employment Having begun her professional life as an infant and toddler and preschool teacher, Marcy understands the relationship between appropriate preparation, support, and compensation for early educators and the quality of services for young children. Early in her career, Marcy and a handful of other teachers set out to improve early care and education services by securing rights, raises, and respect for the early childhood workforce. Prior to her current work as the founding director of the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley, Marcy founded the Washington-based Center for the Child Care Workforce (CCW), an organization she began in 1977 as the Child Care Employee Project. She earned a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Developmental Studies from the UCLA Graduate School of Education.