Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #2 Announced!

Published on: August 11, 2015

Filled Under: Beyond The Pages, Books, Guest Speakers

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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!

3 Responses to Early Childhood Book Study Special Guest #2 Announced!

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