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Mackenzie Carter Professional Education Organizations Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) promotes childhood education and

development programs Who would join: the organization was originally made for Kindergarden teachers. It is designed for teachers who want to want to bridge the gap between global initiatives and local needs. Benefits: members can receive early care and education training through ChildCare Education Institute. Members who live in the United States can get discounts on a handful of insurance plans through Forrest T. Jones & Co. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) The purpose of the National Academy of Early Childhood (division of NAEYC) is to improve the quality of care and education provided for young children in all types of preschools, kindergartens, child care centers and school-age child care programs. Who would join: Anyone interested in teaching kids up to the age of 8. Benefits: members receive six books a year (a $100 value), 20% off products in the NAEYC catalogs and online stores, five issues of either Young Children or Teaching Young Children magazine, reduced registration fee for NAEYC sponsored conferences and training seminars, discounted insurance plans, access to the Members Only section of the website, voting rights in MAEYC elections. National Education Association (NAE) Our mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world. Who would join: public school teachers, faculty members, education support professionals, retired teachers, or someone preparing to become a teacher. Benefits: save on tuition for your online master's degree, there are plenty of oppurtunites to get involved with activities such as school renovations and foodbanks, and you can discounts on a number of magazines. Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group (CL/RSIG) The Mission of the Childrens Literature and Reading Special Interest Group is to promote the educational use of children's books by focusing on recently published children's literature, supportive professional books, issues relative to children's literature, and current research findings. Who would join: Anyone who is a member of the International Reading Association.\ Benefits: receive the benefits of working and meeting with other literacy professionals, receive two issues of The Dragon Lode each year. Phonics Special Interest Group provide a supportive forum where reading professionals with expertise in systematic, explicit phonics instruction could meet to share lesson plans and practice activities, plus discuss related topics such as phonemic awareness, word families/onsets/rimes, decodable print, dictation, phonics assessments, phonics resources, history of phonics, back-to-phonics reading reform initiatives, new phonics, and phonics research. Who would join: If you are a member of the International Reading Society. Benefits: It's free. It's really just a group to join if you are very interested in learning and teaching about phonics!