||Charter College of Education
Division of Curriculum and Instruction
Office: KH - A2028
Since 1998, I have been privileged to serve on the Charter College of Education faculty in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. It is a pleasure to be part of a dynamic university and to work with outstanding colleagues and talented students enrolled in graduate and credential programs in our College. I am now semi-retired and teach only during two quarters each year, but I continue to be active in the field of Early Childhood Education and a student of best practice.
My teaching goals are to help those who are or will be responsible for guiding the learning of young children to understand the broad spectrum of child development and to develop a personal philosophy and approach to the learning/teaching process that reflects current research and educational theories.
Currently, I co-coordinate the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education option in Early Childhood/Primary Education. This degree option prepares individuals to work in a variety of settings to promote the development and learning of young children. Early Childhood Education is a separate field with a distinct focus on children ages 3 to 8. There is growing recognition of the critical importance of early education and also for the specialized skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with young children and their families. As the population of young children in early childhood settings increases and becomes more diverse, there is a corresponding need for well-trained early childhood teachers and administrators, as well as policy makers with strong backgrounds in this field.
Within the program, I teach required courses in early childhood curriculum methods, school-family partnerships, and issues and trends in early childhood education. I also teach The Role of Play in Learning, a course required for several different degree programs.
I have researched and written on appropriate practices, materials, and equipment in early childhood settings for all children regardless of background or ability, school-family partnerships, and relationships between social and physical competence.
I am content director for the Peabody Award-winning series A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa, daily television programs for parents and caregivers of young children. The programs have been broadcast throughout California since 2004 and are now aired in most national public television markets. I wrote the white paper that launched the education initiative at KCET-TV that resulted in these television series, their companion websites and outreach efforts (http://www.kcet.org/kced/whitepaper.html). I’ve also answered online questions about preparing children for school on the Public Broadcasting Services’ PBSparents website (http://www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/2007/06/preparing-children-for-school.html), and I am a consultant to Sesame Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street.
Representative Professional Activities
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with specialization in Early Childhood Education
M.Ed. Elementary Education
B.A. American Civilization
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