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It’s finally here – the day that our blog book study begins. It is my genuine hope that this study intrigues individuals, serves as inexpensive professional development, provides access to resources otherwise not attainable, and encourages meaningful conversations throughout this country and perhaps even the world.

This is our newest feature on the blog: Beyond The Pages. Beyond the Pages is an online blog book study. This feature acknowledges the importance of reading books while taking you beyond the pages and creating group dialogue. Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood education to “continue the conversation” and we believe that this is one method to do that.

Our first book study is centered around Rae Pica‘s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? We highlighted her book on the blog last May. You can learn even more about this book in Rae’s candid interview. Find her online at Rae Pica’s Bam-Radio Facebook page and on Twitter @BodyMindChild #AskingWhatIf.

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We’re pleased to announce that we have an amazing lineup of early childhood experts to assist in leading the conversation around this book! There are many ways for you to participate in this study. If you are just joining us, you will find all the book study details HERE.

Today we are discussing Chapters 1 (All Children Are Not The Same), 2 (The Earlier The Better?), and 7 (Doing Away with Baby Stuff). Angèle Sancho Passe is our guest this week to provide insight and lead our discussion. Visit Angèle’s website to learn more about her books and work in early childhood.Angele Passe

Angèle says, “It’s a privilege to continue the conversation boldly started by Rae Pica! In What if Everybody Understood Child Development?, she tells us that the proverbial pendulum has swung in the wrong direction and too far. Her examples of zero tolerance, no recess, play as a waste of time, and general misunderstanding of academics for young children make us cringe.

Yet we could argue that as the insiders in early childhood education we may have brought this nonsense on ourselves. In our zeal to promote developmentally appropriate practice, we may have neglected to explain –and continuously demonstrate -what we truly meant. Early childhood education happens through play, yes, but it is not laissez-faire, anything goes, developmental whatever! This unclear whatever is the fear driving the downward push we so deplore. If many children are not reading in fourth grade, it must be that early education is not rigorous and early enough or so goes the reasoning. Then rigor becomes inflexible rules and inappropriate practices.

People who know a lot about child development have talked among themselves a lot about DAP (what’s that?), but perhaps not enough to principals, parents, politicians, journalists, or business people. We have not given clear examples. We have not shown what productive, creative play is, and what children learn through play.  We also have not provided enough reassuring proof of our good work teaching young children.

Not all children are the same, indeed. But, all children do follow a similar developmental spiral. They can be ready for kindergarten and learn to read by third grade with rigorous, but not rigid, scaffolding from skilled adults. So thanks Rae, for opening this important discussion.

To add to your vision, I’d like to propose a new resource. It’s a video recently released by the Minnesota Department of Education. In just 8 minutes, it describes and demonstrates how to do developmentally appropriate early education with intention and wisdom. The Shift: The Development and Learning of the Kindergarten Age Children, available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMo_VP7N_Tk.”

Thank you for your insight Angèle!

Go ahead and share/retweet this post! Let us know that you’re participating in this study (where you’re from and how you’re connected to early childhood). We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts regarding Chapters 1, 2, and 7 and/or about Angele’s commentary. Your voice matters – participate in the dialogue and share your ideas here! (Comment below) If you’ve chosen to blog about what you’ve read on your own site, link back and share your post with us here. Perhaps you have a burning question about something that you read in one of these chapters… we have a feature for that - Ask The Author! That’s right, Rae Pica will be available throughout this live study to answer your questions. #AskAuthor

*If you’re a MN participant and are seeking training hours for your active participation in this book study, please visit THIS LINK for the details and requirements.

What to read next: Chapter 3- The Power of Joy and Chapter 5- When Did a Hug Become a Bad Thing? (9/7/15). 

Hold an Early Childhood Staff Book Club…

You’ve always wanted to host an early childhood staff book club, right? It doesn’t get any easier than this! We’ve done all the work for you. Your staff can follow along by reading chapters, viewing our coordinating expert commentary, and participating in the conversation by commenting on our blog or Facebook posts with people all over the nation (and perhaps world) that care about and influence the lives of children. You could even host a book club night with treats to discuss in person after they’ve participated online. This provides for even more reflecting and connecting!

Beyond the Pages is an online blog book study. This feature acknowledges the importance of reading books while taking you beyond the pages and creating group dialogue. Stacie Goffin has charged those in early childhood to “continue the conversation” and we believe that this is one method to do that.What If Book Study Marketing Pic

Our first book this fall will be Rae Pica‘s What If Everybody Understood Child Development? Visit the following link to learn all the details! http://blogs.dctc.edu/dawnbraa/2015/08/05/new-feature-beyond-the-pages-a-blog-book-study/ Did I mention that 16 content experts will also be participating and leading the discussion?! The author, Rae Pica, has even agreed to answer questions. It’s going to be epic and it launches tomorrow, Monday, 8/31/15!

Please share the news in your circles of influence today.

Thank you,

Dawn Braa
dawn.braa@dctc.edu
651-423-8315

Receive Training Hours for Book Study!

I’m please to announce that MN participants of our Beyond The Pages book study this fall may earn 7 training hours for active participation. This is approved through the MNCPD Policy Automatic Approval of Training.

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The following guidelines are for MN participants seeking a certificate for active participation in the fall 2015 Beyond The Pages Early Childhood Book Study:

  1. Participants will email Dawn Braa (dawn.braa@dctc.edu) indicating intention of participation.
  2. Participants will need a copy of the chosen book- What If Everybody Understood Child Development? by Rae Pica
  3. Participants will subscribe to this blog  in the upper right-hand corner with an email address.
  4. Participants will read the chapters according to the timeline and review the correlating expert commentary weekly on our blog.
  5. Participants will participate by posting thoughtful and reflective responses (regarding book readings and expert commentaries) in the comments section of the blog post each week for the duration of the blog study. That means that participants will post 14 reflections. If participants are bloggers themselves and are blogging about this experience, including their reflections, they are able to simply post the weblink to their blog post in our blog comments section.
  6. Participants will keep an organized log (Word document) of all comments or blog posts (with dates and chapters) and email them to Dawn Braa (dawn.braa@dctc.edu) at the end of the study.
  7. Participants are responsible for submitting their certificate to Develop to be entered in their learning record.

*Participants must successfully complete all seven requirements to be eligible for a certificate.
**Duplicate certificates will not be sent.

At this time, certificates are only available for MN residents. If you live outside MN and are seeking training hours, I suggest you also document your active participation and inquire with your state about approval possibilities. We are not guaranteeing approval of any kind outside MN.

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #16 Announced!

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The sixteenth and final special guest expert participating in this book study is…Stacie Goffin!

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Stacie Goffin is the Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group. Established in 2004, the Goffin Strategy Group dedicates itself to building early childhood education’s ability to offer effective programs and services to young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development. Stacie works with local and state non-profits, philanthropy, governments, and national organizations. A widely published author, Stacie’s conceptual leadership focuses on advancing early childhood education as a professional field of practice.

Prior to forming the Goffin Strategy Group, Stacie led the five-year effort to reinvent the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s [NAEYC] early childhood program accreditation system. This effort resulted in a newly designed delivery system, updated accreditation criteria, and first-ever national program standards for early childhood education programs serving children from birth through kindergarten.

A former senior program officer at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, professor in higher education, and preschool educator, Stacie served as the founding chair of multiple organizations, including the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Kansas City’s Metropolitan Council on Early Learning, and the West Virginia Network for Young Children.

Stacie is an author of several seminal publications, including Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education (with Valora Washington); Early Childhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession; and the recently released Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era. Both her writing and presentations have earned her a well-respected reputation as an agent for change.

You can learn more about Stacie Goffin online by visiting her webpage. Stacie will be closing our What If Everybody Understood Child Development? book study and announcing our winter/spring study book choice on Dec. 7th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #15 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe fifteenth special guest expert participating in this book study is…Deborah Hirschland!

Deborah HirschlandDeborah Hirschland, MSW, has spent over three decades working with children, parents, and teachers. A frequent presenter on early childhood issues – one who is known for her engaging style, accessible explanations, and practical approaches to intervention – she offers consultation and training to a range of early care and education programs across her home state of Massachusetts and beyond.

Deborah was on the faculty of the Boston University School of Social Work for many years, and later taught in its Postgraduate Program in Clinical Work with Children, Adolescents, and Families. Currently, she is affiliated with the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology’s Freedman Center for Child and Family Development. Over the course of her career, she has offered workshops and presentations at a range of agencies, university-based programs, organizations, and institutes. Those include, among many others, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs of Communities United, Inc., Georgetown University’s Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education, the Together for Kids Project, the Connected Beginnings Training Institute, and the Center for Parents and Teachers.

In addition to her work as a child and family therapist, clinical supervisor, parent mentor, early childhood mental health consultant, and presenter, Deborah is a contributor to the Zero to Three Journal and the author of two books, When Young Children Need Help: Understanding and Addressing Emotional, Behavioral, and Developmental Challenges (Redleaf Press, 2015) and Collaborative Intervention in Early Childhood: Consulting with Parents and Teachers of 3- to 7-Year-Olds  (Oxford University Press, 2008).  

You can learn more about Deborah Hirschland online by visiting her webpage. Deborah will be adding dialogue regarding chapters 27 and 28 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Nov. 30th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

 

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #14 Announced!

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Anna ReynerThe fourteenth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Anna Reyner! Anna Reyner is a nationally recognized arts advocate who is dedicated to helping people get in touch with their own creativity. Anna has conducted over 500 national and international hands-on art workshops and is a registered art therapist and licensed marriage and family therapist. She received her MA in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville and her BA in Art and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan. Anna is the Director of Training for Discount School Supply and maintains an active art studio in Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and two children.

You can learn more about Anna Reyner online by visiting her webpage. Anna will be adding dialogue regarding chapter 25 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Nov. 23rd.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

 

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #12 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe twelfth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Kelly Pfeiffer! You’ll find Kelly’s message below:

Kelly PfeifferHelping families enjoy being together and growing together is my primary goal. I love teaching adults about child development, Positive Discipline and behavior issues so they can enjoy their children more and feel great about raising capable kids. There’s no one right way to parent and I respect each individual parent’s choices. I simply offer tools and you get to decide which ones will work for your family.

If you work with me, I’ll never tell you tell how to parent and never judge what you’re doing, but rather ask you what you want for your family and help you achieve that goal.

I primarily use the Positive Discipline curriculum based on Adlerian theory. My live parent education workshops use active learning principles and experiential activities to teach concepts such as mutual respect, cooperation, anger management skills, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, relationship skills, self-care and conflict resolution.

As an adult educational trainer, I teach child care providers about a variety of child development topics, including physical growth and development, social-emotional growth and development, identifying developmental delays, Adlerian theory and applications, developmentally appropriate practice according to NAEYC standards and movement exploration. I design many of my trainings which include hands-on, accelerated learning principles, and offer South Carolina Department of Social Services continuing education credit. I was a presenter at the 2006 NAEYC Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Twitter @KellyPfeiffer
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThinkItThroughParenting 

Kelly will be providing commentary regarding chapters 20 and 26 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Nov. 9th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Welcome to Fall Semester 2015!

Welcome back current students and welcome new students! Most classes at Dakota County Technical College begin on Monday, August 31st. I’ve put together some of the information that you might need below:

  • New to this blog? Learn more HERE.
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  • Need to buy Textbooks? Visit the Bookstore HERE.
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  • Looking to contact a particular faculty member (aka Teacher)? Find him/her HERE.
  • Curious about what opportunities there are for you at DCTC? Learn more HERE.
  • Are you hope to transfer in credits from another college? Click HERE.
  • Brand new to college? View a First Day of Class checklist HERE.

See you soon- we’re glad you’re here!

Gold is Really Your Color – Parking at DCTC

Hey students at DCTC! Remember that you need to have a GOLD parking sticker to park at DCTC for the 2015-2016 school year.

Process to Obtain a Parking Permit for DCTC Students

Step 1 – Pay your tuition/parking fees at the tuition window.
Step 2 – Enter your vehicle information online at http://www.dctc.edu/index.cfm/support-services/parking-sticker/ You will need your student ID number, license plate number, and the make and model of your car.
Step 3 – Go to the Student Services Office on campus and a sticker will be issued to you. One permit will be allowed per vehicle.
Step 4 – Place the sticker on the lower left driver’s side of windshield. The numbers must be visible.

TICKETS WILL BE ISSUED FOR ILLEGAL PARKING IN THE VISITOR’S LOT and CARD LOT!

NO staff, faculty or student parking is allowed in the Visitor’s Lot—NO EXCEPTIONS. The Visitor’s Lot will be monitored and any vehicles belonging to staff, faculty, or registered students will be ticketed and towed.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #11 Announced!

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The eleventh special guest expert participating in this book study is… Scott Wiley

Scott WileyScott has been an early childhood educator for 30 years. He has been a preschool center director and preschool ministry leader in a church. He has taught elementary school. He developed and edited curriculum for a religious publisher for 15 years. Currently, Scott is a freelance curriculum writer and editor, a workshop leader, and a school volunteer. In addition to his blog, Brick by Brick, he writes for the collaborative blog Pre-K + K Sharing and works as editor for Pre-K PagesConnect with Scott onTwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

Scott will be providing commentary regarding chapters 19 and 24 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Nov. 2nd.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #10 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe tenth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Michael Gramling! Read Michael’s biography below…

I am a lifelong advocate for social justice who found my professional home in 1979 when I discovered Head Start and embraced its values and its goals working as a Head Start teacher.

michael-gramlingThese days I spend most of my time visiting early childhood programs all over the United States as a consultant and a trainer helping programs to elevate the level of discourse in their classrooms and to meet the needs of individual children. In so doing I have gained a unique perspective and a thorough and intimate understanding of how early childhood education is practiced in these United States.

I earned my Masters Degree in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in the year 2000, I have served as the coordinator and chief trainer for the Region IV Head Start Teaching Center at Western Kentucky University and in 2000 I developed the national training material used by the Head Start National Center for Family Literacy. I was a contributing author to the Zero to Three 2003 tome, Learning to Read the World, and I’ve had two articles published in Child Care Exchange. In 2015 my book, The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know Vs What We Do was published by Redleaf Press.

My wife, Teresa Christmas, and I have raised a his, hers and ours family of five kids who have taught me that all children are incredibly different and that early childhood programs are not built to respond to those individual differences, I guess you might say that most of my life’s work has been to help early childhood programs become much less institutional and more like language rich, emotionally supportive families.

You can find Michael online by vising his The Great Disconnect Facebook page. Michael will be providing commentary regarding chapters 17 and 18 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Oct. 26th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #9 Announced!

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The ninth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Deborah StewartYou’ll find an introduction from Deborah below.

Deborah StewartHello~ I graduated with honors with an associate degree in early childhood education, a bachelor degree in human services and management, and a master degree in early childhood education. I am an avid believer in life-long learning and do my very best to practice this through ongoing education, research, and study.

I have my own part time private preschool calledThe Children’s Studio” located in a small town in Indiana.  The studio is also my own private lab school. It is the classroom where I apply the skills and knowledge I have gained over the years as well as where I observe early learning in action. My students range from ages three to five and come to my preschool two to three days a week.  My teaching assistant and I observe the children as they play and learn and photograph their learning in action to share with you on my Teach Preschool blog.  I am also the author of the book “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” which is available on Amazon. You can learn more about my book by clicking here!

I am a teacher who is always learning and growing so as you read my blog, you will see that I am also always changing my approach towards teaching based upon what I believe my students need from me and what I am currently learning about best practices in early childhood education.  I believe the best learning takes place through meaningful play and exploration so I fill my small classroom environment with opportunities for the children to explore new and interesting processes and materials every single day.

You can find Deborah online by vising her Teach Preschool website. Find her on Twitter @Teach_Preschool or on her Teach Preschool Facebook pageDiane will be providing commentary regarding chapters 11 and 12 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Oct. 19th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guests #7 and #8 Announced!

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The seventh and eighth special guest experts participating in this book study are… Rich Rairigh and Lorie Barnes

RichRRichard Rairigh received his B.S. and M.S. from West Virginia University in Physical Education Teacher Education with a concentration in Motor Development & Motor Learning then pursued doctoral work at the University of South Carolina.  Richard has taught elementary physical education in West Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina before teaching at Meredith College in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sports Science. Richard left Meredith College to pursue a position as the Director of Programs at Be Active North Carolina.

He currently serves as the Director of Be Active Kids, a signature program of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Rich is co-chair of the Children and Nature Coalition, Founder of the Active Play Alliance, and North Shape NC Design and Implementation Team member.  He has also served on the North Carolina IOM Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force, Kids Eat Smart Move More Advisory Committee, North Carolina Child Care Commission, Clayton Downtown Development Association, and more.  Rich has co-written two resources on Sport Education, over 25 articles on physical education and active play, and provided over 150 presentations at the national and international level. Connect with Be Active Kids online at the Be Active Kids Facebook page, on Twitter @BeActiveKidsNC, on Pinterest, and YouTube.

Lorie Barnes1Lorie C. Barnes received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations with a minor in Dance Education from East Carolina University and began her career working with young children with special needs and their families for ten years. Upon receiving her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support from UNC-Chapel Hill, Lorie transitioned into adult education first as faculty at her alma mater, ECU then as faculty in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Wake Technical Community College for eleven years.  Her areas of professional focus were early childhood brain development, active play, music & movement, and social-emotional development of young children. In 2008 Lorie joined Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh as Director of Education where she helped develop innovative hands-on, play-based museum exhibits that were enjoyed by over as many as 1200 children and grown-ups each day.

Since March 2010, Lorie has served as Executive Director of the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (NCaeyc), where she delights in promoting excellence in early care and education! Connect with NCaeyc online at the North Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children Facebook page, on Twitter @NCaeyc, and Pinterest.

Rich will be providing commentary regarding chapters 10 and 14 while Lorie will be discussing chapters 15 and 16 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Oct. 12th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #6 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe sixth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Teacher Tom! Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, writer, speaker, artist and the author of “A Parent’s Guide To Seattle“. For the past 14 years, he has been the only teacher of the Woodland Park Cooperative preschools. Tom says, “The children come to me as 2-year-olds in diapers and leave as “sophisticated” 5-year-olds ready for kindergarten.” The cooperative preschool model allows him to work very closely with families in a true community setting. Tom intends to teach at Woodland Park for the rest of his life as he believes it’s an incredibly rewarding job.

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You can learn more about Teacher Tom online by visiting his blog, his Facebook page Teacher Tom, or on Twitter @TheTeacherTom. Teacher Tom will be adding dialogue regarding chapters 8, 9, and 29 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Oct. 5th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #5 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe fifth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Walter F. Drew!  He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Self Active Education and serves as a facilitator with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). He co-authored an exciting new book published by NAEYC, titled, “From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers Play with Children’s Learning”. Dr. Drew shares his story below:

Since I was a young boy, I loved to play with wood and to build. I remember rummaging through bins and barrels of discarded wood scraps behind the cabinet shops and factories near where I lived in New York. I carried home bags and boxes of wood shapes to build castles and forts for my knights and soldiers.

WALTER DrewI grew up and became a teacher. I learned about Friedrich Froebel, the Father of Early Childhood Education, who taught that the child is divine and that play helps the child discover and express their inner creative power. I believe, like Froebel, that within the child—within everyone—there is a divine creative being, a sacred spirit that seeks to express itself in joyful ways.

In 1975, I worked as an early childhood consultant in the Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts. I handed a set of blocks to a kindergarten teacher, Sue Zack, and asked her to give them to her children and observe what they did with them. Sue Zack took pictures of the structures the children made and listened to their stories of what they built. From that block experience the children then wrote wonderful stories and drew amazing pictures.

In 1978, my wife, Kitty, and I—inspired by the response to the blocks—made up 100 sets, and set out on a cross-country trip. We visited thirteen states: from Boston to California, New Mexico to Texas and Florida. Like Johnny Appleseed, we left 100 sets behind us with Early Childhood Educators across the country.  And Dr. Drew’s Toys, Inc. was born.

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Since then, much has occured with Dr. Drew’s Toys. Awards have been won, Play Workshops have occured in many communities across the country, and my family has grown. But I have never lost my awe of what simple, free, open-ended play—with multiples—can mean for children and for the many adults I meet who benefit from getting back to play and all the rewards it brings.

Dr. Drew will be providing commentary regarding chapter 13 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Sept. 28th. Find Dr. Drew on his Facebook  page Dr. Drew’s Blocks.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #4 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe fourth special guest expert participating in this book study is… Diane LevinDiane E. Levin, Ph.D. is Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts where she has been training early childhood professionals for over twenty-five years. She teaches courses on play, violence prevention, action research and a summer institute on “Media Madness”. She leads an annual service-learning program for Wheelock students and alumni to Belfast, looking at on “How Schools Can Help Communities Affected by Conflict Heal: Lessons from Northern Ireland.” Levin has a B.S. in Child Development from Cornell University, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from Wheelock College, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and Child Development from Tufts University.

An internationally recognized expert, Levin helps parents and professionals understand and counteract the harmful effects of such societal forces as violence, war, media and commercial culture on children. She gives over thirty keynote addresses, trainings and workshops for parents and teachers a year—throughout the United States and in such countries as Australia, Great Britain, Greece, Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, and South Korea.

dianelevinLevin’s newest book is Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age, released by the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2013. Her previous book is book is So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids (with Jean Kilbourne). Her earlier books are: From Conflict to Peace Building: Lessons for Early Childhood Programs around the World (with P. Connolly & J. Hayden); Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable ClassroomRemote Control Childhood? Combating the Hazards of Media Culture; and, The War Play Dilemma (with N. Carlsson-Paige). She has also published extensively in early childhood and education journals as well as in the popular press.

Levin has been a consultant for a wide range of projects, including five PBS Parents web sites: “A Parents’ Guide to Girls,” “Talking with Children about the News,” Talking to Kids about War and Violence,” “How to Raise a Child Who Cares,” and “The PBS Parents Guide to School.” She was a senior advisor for PBS Families Magazine from 1997 to 2005. Levin has worked on the American Psychological Association’s “ACT Against Violence” Project and Consumer Reports annual toy review article. She developed statewide violence prevention training for childcare providers for the State of Maine. She also was the Expert Panelist for 3 New York (SUNY) statewide child care training videoconference sessions: “How Media Affects Gender and Sexual Development,” “The Sexualization of Childhood,” and “Violence Prevention: Creating a Safe Haven for Children.”

Representing Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE), Levin co-wrote the new guide, Facing the Screen Dilemma: Young Children, Technology and Early Education, with Susan Linn (Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood) and Joan Almon (The Alliance for Childhood). She also co-wrote The “So Far” Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with the Deployment of a Parent in the Military Reserves for Project SoFar.

As a longtime activist, Levin is a founder of Defending the Early Years (DEY), which advocates for the rights of young children for appropriate early education; Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE), which prepares materials to help parents deal with the media and commercial culture in their children’s lives; and, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), which works to education the public about and end the commercial exploitation of children.

Levin’s work has been covered widely in the media including: The Boston Globe, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CNBC, CNN, Good Morning American, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation,” NBC “Nightline”, Time Magazine, the Today Show, the New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post.

Visit Diane’s website to learn more about her work. Find her on Twitter @DianeELevinDiane will be providing commentary regarding chapter 6 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on 9/21/15.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #3 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe third special guest expert participating in this book study is… Mike HuberMike Huber has dedicated his life to serving children, families, and the field of early childhood. He has been an early childhood teacher since 1992 and currently teaches at Seward Child Care Center in Minneapolis. Mike has also worked as a trainer and consultant for the Minnesota Department of Education, the Child Care Resource and Referral Network, and the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children. Mike served on MnAEYC’s board from 2007 to 2011, presents at local and national early childhood conferences, and has written for Teaching Young Children and a number of stories, songs, and puppet shows for children.

He is the winner of the 2012 Kate Davidson Tanner Award from MnAEYC, the Scholastic Early Childhood Professional Award, Honorable Mention in 2006, and Teacher Leadership from Hamline University, Master of Arts Education Program, 2006. Mike holds a master’s degree in education from Hamline University. You can access Mike’s blog or learn more about his books at RedLeaf Press and RedLeaf Lane. His forthcoming book is called Teaching with the Body in Mind (Redleaf, 2016). Find him on Facebook at Mike Huber’s Children’s books.

Mike-Huber

Mike will be adding dialogue regarding chapter 4 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Sept. 14th.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #2 Announced!

What If Book Study Marketing PicThe second special guest expert participating in this book study is… Gwen SimmonsGwen is NAEYC’s Senior Director of Affiliate and Member Relations. In this role she is responsible for designing and implementing the NAEYC Affiliate and Member Relations Program that includes coordinating liaison activities with NAEYC’s network of state and local affiliates, and coordinating the development of strategic planning efforts to assist in strengthening the organization’s capacity as a high-performing inclusive organization that effectively promotes the Association’s mission.

She has a particular emphasis in supporting affiliate boards and staff, developing and coordinating resources for NAEYC affiliate groups regarding organizational development with particular focus on fiscal management, governance and board development, orientation to NAEYC systems and governance structure, and association management business policies and procedures. Simmons also oversees the NAEYC Interest Forum community and works closely with the NAEYC Affiliate Council and the National Dialogue Subcommittee of the Governing Board.

Gwen SimmonsPrior to joining NAEYC Gwen served as Ohio AEYC’s first executive director and held a similar role for South Dakota AEYC. Simmons early childhood professional journey includes classroom teacher, program coordinator and site administrator, college instructor, and instructional designer. Gwen has worked in a variety of administrative settings, including corporate child care, campus lab schools, hospital based programs, and community and faith based settings. She graduated from Ashland University with a BS in Education, and has completed graduate coursework in Child and Family Studies at The Ohio State University.

Gwen believes in visionary leadership that enables other early childhood professionals to find excellence in their practice and the advocacy in their voice. Gwen has been an involved advocate for quality, compensation and affordability for many years, and was recipient of the Ohio Department of Education’s 2002 Irene Bandy-Hedden Early Childhood Education Leadership Award for Advocacy.

Gwen will be providing commentary regarding chapters 3 and 5 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development? on Sept. 7th. Communicate with Gwen on Twitter @gwen_naeyc.

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #1 Announced!

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The first special guest expert participating in this book study is… Angèle Sancho Passe! Angèle’s career began as a licensed early childhood teacher and parent educator, then as a school district administrator. She is now a writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher educator online and in the classroom.

She a bachelor’s degree in child psychology and family social science, a master’s degree in family education, and a certificate in human resource development from the University of Minnesota. She was born in Algeria, North Africa, in a colonial family of French and Spanish descent. Her family then moved to Spain as refugees at the end of the Algerian independence war. Later, she came to the United States as an immigrant. As a result, she has some insight into the refugee and immigrant experiences that she brings into her professional life. Consequently, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish and works in all three languages. Angèle was a guest speaker on our blog back in 2011 (scroll down until your reach her name).

Visit Angèle’s website to learn more about her work in early childhood. Angèle will kick off our book study on Aug. 31st regarding chapters 1, 2, and 7 of Rae Pica’s book What If Everybody Understood Child Development?

Angele Passe

*Just joining us and want to get started? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!

Who Are These Special Guests?

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We have a fantastic lineup of 15 special guest content experts that will be providing commentary for our fall early childhood blog book study! Who are they? Starting on Monday, we will begin releasing the names of our guest experts. One name will be released each day (M-F) for the next three weeks!

*Just joining us? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join us for this epic online event beginning on Aug. 31st!