The ninth (and final) guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)
As an early childhood advocate, Susan Zoll, Ph.D. focuses her efforts on increasing access and opportunity for all children to enjoy intentional, play-based early learning experiences. Whether as an early childhood educator, researcher, advocate, or college professor in an early childhood teacher preparation program, Dr. Zoll believes in the power to positively influence children’s development and diminish the effects of unequal opportunity on children’s academic readiness.
Her research includes measuring the impact of a language and literacy intervention implemented in urban preschool settings (From “at risk” to “at promise”: An Evaluation of an Early Reading First Project, 2012) and conducting a needs-assessment in unregistered early childhood programs in townships in South Africa.
Dr. Zoll currently serves in a dual-role as Assistant Professor in the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development at Rhode Island College, as well as, the Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning – an initiative designed to meet the educational needs of the current early childhood workforce. Educators can earn either a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Learning leading to PreK-2nd grade certification or through a collaboration with Zero To Three, enroll in a new Birth – 5 concentration, specifically designed for Infant and Toddler educators working in the field.
Dr. Zoll has served in project leadership positions in four U.S. DOE funded projects (ERF 2004, 2006, 2009; ECEPD 2006) and has served as Co-Director of Professional Development for Rhode Island’s Center for Early Learning Professionals.
To further her advocacy efforts, she serves on multiple early childhood state-wide initiatives, such as: R.I.’s Permanent Legislative Commission on Child Care, Executive Board member of R.I.’s Association for the Education of Young Children (RI-AEYC), and R.I.’s Department of Education’s Workforce Knowledge and Competency Work Group for Early Childhood Administrators. Dr. Zoll also uses the force of social media to share content and engage in dialogue with educators internationally. You can follow her on Twitter @DrSusanZoll, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Susan will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 22nd, 2016, regarding chapter 4 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.
*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!