Module 7 Assignment Part 2

Module 7 Assignment 2
Talethia Dixon
Walden University

The two types of communication skills that are embody that leads to policy change are listening and emotional awareness. Successful listening means not only hearing what is being said but also understanding the words that are being communicated by the speaker (Helpguide, n.d.). For example; a professor/presenter has a room filled with donors waiting to be convinced to give their money to a particular organization. If the professor/presenter is stumbling over their own words or the message is not making any sense, than the audience will stop listening and focus on other organizations that they feel deserving to receive their money. One will have to keep the audience interested in their presentation and explain how these outcomes will benefit not only themselves the community also. With this form of communication the 7 c’s is an effective tool into getting the message out coherently.
The 7 c’s as it relates to communication skills are; clear, concise, concrete, correct, coherent, complete, and courteous (Mind tools, n.d.). Each one of these C’s builds on each other as a foundation for effective communication outside of a person natural environment. The reason I say natural environment “have you ever noticed that you talk differently around family and friends compared to talking with professionals outside of your comfort zone.” Having the 7 C’s at hand will communicate help a person communicate better. Listening skills is just one form of communication, the other is emotional awareness.
Emotional awareness provides you the tools needed for understanding both yourself and other people, and the real messages they are communicating to you, by relieve negative emotions and negative feelings, allows for real understanding in order for problem solving to begin (Helpguide, n.d.). Emotional awareness is also a major form of communication. For example; if a person is not passionate about the issue being addressed how could they convince anyone else to be passionate about the same issue? The 7 C’s of communication also relates to emotional awareness. Being passionate and emotional about an issue you will also have to be clear with your issue being presented, be correct with the information being presented (in other words show data to prove your thesis), be concise and coherent in the way you are presenting information.
My opportunities for improvement in relation to these skills are exploring and generating my presentations and issue by the 7 C’s. The reason I came to this conclusion as I took the communication anxiety self-assessment test I knew what the results would tell me, I have anxiety communicating in front of others and staying on topic once I finally have no other choice but to present my issue. This anxiety has hinder me in communicating effectively in the past of issues that have been important to me and the community, but having anxiety just made me seem like a person that has the passion, however flops at presenting it. I now understand that it is process in the making and I have to continue to work on this anxiety in front of large crowds in order to reach one of my goals as advocate for early childhood education.

References
Helpguide.org. (n.d.). Effective communication. Retrieved October 15, 2013, from http://www.helpguide.org/mental/effective_communication_skills.htm
Mind Tools. (n.d.). The 7 Cs of communication: A checklist for clear communication. Retrieved October 15, 2013, from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newCS_85.htm

Module 7 Assingment Part 1

Social Media
The two social medias I would use in order to communicate my policy issue are Facebook and education blogs. The reason I decided to go with Facebook, because Facebook is one of the world largest social media sites in the world. By using Facebook I can tag all of my family and friends with my issue, in which their can share my information with their family and friends and so on. With blogs I can research the different types of blogs that focuses on my issue and issues related to early education or early intervention. There is very wide selection of blogs from professionals that I can utilize to network to improve the way I network my cause and myself.

My Audience
The audience would reach out to would be: teachers (from early childhood education to professors), education college students, elected officials (locally, state wide, and national), therapist that works with children, and anyone whose profession it is who work with and advocate for children. The reason I would reach out to this group and individuals is because of their knowledge on the importance of early intervention policies and programs for children.
The Benefit
The one benefit of social media is the way information can be distributed around the world to millions of people at one time, just by the click of a button. The example of the benefit; if a parent sees signs of something maybe wrong with their child compared to older siblings or family member children. Social media and other internet outlets are there for the parent to research in the privacy of their own home.

The Challenge
The one challenge with using social media, parents are quick to self-diagnose their child with developmental delays. Individuals who are not in the medical field will give advice to families on what they need to do with the issues they see in their before speaking with a specialist. Example of the challenge; Jane is a senior in college getting a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Jane has friend name Sue who she connects with on a face to face bases and through social networking. Sue has a three year old son who Sue says that he never plays with children just in the same area. Jane tells Sue that her child is parallel playing and that he has developmental delays. Jane source is articles she has read in a book, social media, and google. Jane has only spent one month with Sue’s son in his three years. Sue takes her son to his physician all tells him/her that her son has development delays or autism according to Jane who is neither a physician nor therapist. This scenario is just one of many challenges with social media, everyone has an opinion, however are not qualified to make lasting decision about a child’s development or life.

 

Dynamics of Early Childhood Policies and Systems

The three goals that might assist me in becoming more effective in my professional role. The three goals that might assist me are; 1) expanding my knowledge about all the aspects of early childhood development, 2) getting a better understanding of the different types of early childhood systems, and 3) help in contributing to policies that would assist early childhood educators all over the country. The way expanding my knowledge in early education outside of the classroom would give me ideas of what is lacking in the field. This goal would also assist me into understanding how each aspect in the early childhood system effect the other in both positive and negative ways. For instance the importance of funding from the government, private, and public organizations, how receiving these funds impact positive outcomes for the child and family. The second goal and how it can help me navigate with early childhood systems is to become more familiar with the different types of systems. Before this class I did not know that there were as many systems in early childhood education. Researching and reading about the different systems have made me think outside of the box as to what type of system my employer has with its early childhood centers. Being able to understand and review how the different systems work for children and their families will help me in the foundations of making a better system for all. The third goal will help me gather the data I need from childcare centers locally to understand what professional development they have used. In the process of researching the data I want to get a better understanding of what has and has not worked for these centers. In order to have quality early education system, policies must be in place for all educators from childcare centers, homes, head start, and childcare ministries to name a few. All of these organizations have one common goal and that is to help educate children and their families. 

Final Thoughts

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The material and stories that connect the most with me in this course had to be Marsha Hawley. With Marsha listening to her story of her family and the Japanese community living in internment camps reminded me of African-Americans living in slavery. Wanting to leave a place you were not to your home, but knowing you could not leave on your own free will. The heart breaking stories of families making the best out of a bad situation is what slaves had to do in their years of bondage. Living in a country that was founded because they wanted to be free, became the country that did not live up to what the founding fathers died for.

The most surprising concept that I found in this course is how each person had to face and acknowledge their own bias about culture, family, and the community. Being able to understand and bring forth your own hidden biases with others was the most surprising. When I say surprising, it is because I found that so many had the same biases and yet the understanding to say “I understanding what you are saying, because I have had those same thoughts.”

What I hope to further investigate is the local impact of poverty in Indianapolis as it deals with domestic violence? After conducting my project and speaking with the individuals for the interview section, I found that it is so much work that needs to be addressed presented to the state of Indiana. No one has really research the devastating impact that domestic violence have on women and children living in poverty. There has been many articles and research on the impact of each individually, but no one has connected the two together as an issue. Researching and covering this issue to bring it to State Legislators to make new policies to help these families is one of my future aspirations as a professional and individual. Listening to the stories and experiencing firsthand by working with some of these families has motivated me to start trainings and writing letters to our members of congress on the importance of this issue. If we continue to sit in silence the cycle of domestic violence and poverty will continue for generations. It takes a village to help raise a village.

MOD 6 Assignment

MOD 6 Assignment.

The interviewing process that occurred for my project was informative and an eye opener. The process started with me looking for the right organization and people within that organization that would be very helpful and informative on the subject of poverty. I knew the organization that I work for serve many families and children living in and out of poverty. Even though Day Nursery Association is a child education center they offer more than just childcare services. Day Nursery is the oldest child education center in the state of Indiana, serving families and children for over 100 years. The next organization that I thought that would be an important asset to my topic, had to be an organization that not only served Indiana residents, also nationally. The success that I had finding and talking with people from these organizations were very positive. Some individuals I spoke with for the first time were either face-to-face or via email. Being an employee with Day Nursery I had an abundance of professionals and resources available at my convenience. The challenges I experienced working with Marie from Circles were; being that it was the holiday season scheduling an appointment and meetings were difficult. During the holiday season they services three times more families than at any other time in the year. Not only were they very busy serving these families, but they also took time off from the organization to be with their families. The one experience expressed by the interviewees that stuck out the most for me, was the process of working with so many families and children is hard and never gets easy, but you have to always remember to take care of yourself also. You have to remind yourself that one person can not save the world alone. Being the person that I am I also have to remember that I can not stop all the poverty in the world because I want it to stop and people live happily ever after. My course project is starting to get organized as it should. I am getting all of my resources that I need to work on my project. I have found several interesting articles that deal with families, culture, and poverty. The question I have for my fellow classmates is “What should I focus on more race, gender, education, domestic violence and poverty, or all three?” This has been hard for me because I want to address so many issues that deal with poverty I also know that by addressing all these issues I will have a book instead of a paper. Any suggestion will be considered and welcomed.

MOD 6 Assignment

The interviewing process that occurred for my project was informative and an eye opener. The process started with me looking for the right organization and people within that organization that would be very helpful and informative on the subject of poverty. I knew the organization that I work for serve many families and children living in and out of poverty. Even though Day Nursery Association is a child education center they offer more than just childcare services. Day Nursery is the oldest child education center in the state of Indiana, serving families and children for over 100 years. The next organization that I thought that would be an important asset to my topic, had to be an organization that not only served Indiana residents, also nationally. The success that I had finding and talking with people from these organizations were very positive. Some individuals I spoke with for the first time were either face-to-face or via email. Being an employee with Day Nursery I had an abundance of professionals and resources available at my convenience. The challenges I experienced working with Marie from Circles were; being that it was the holiday season scheduling an appointment and meetings were difficult. During the holiday season they services three times more families than at any other time in the year. Not only were they very busy serving these families, but they also took time off from the organization to be with their families. The one experience expressed by the interviewees that stuck out the most for me, was the process of working with so many families and children is hard and never gets easy, but you have to always remember to take care of yourself also. You have to remind yourself that one person can not save the world alone. Being the person that I am I also have to remember that I can not stop all the poverty in the world because I want it to stop and people live happily ever after. My course project is starting to get organized as it should. I am getting all of my resources that I need to work on my project. I have found several interesting articles that deal with families, culture, and poverty. The question I have for my fellow classmates is “What should I focus on more race, gender, education, domestic violence and poverty, or all three?” This has been hard for me because I want to address so many issues that deal with poverty I also know that by addressing all these issues I will have a book instead of a paper. Any suggestion will be considered and welcomed.