26 Jan

Second Chance Book Giveaway WINNER!

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24 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #7 ANNOUNCED!

The seventh guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

Robert Gundling!

Dr. Robert Gundling is the Deputy Operating Officer for Sunshine Early Learning Center in Washington, DC. He is an Early Childhood Educator with over 40 years of experience working with children, families and early childhood professionals. He holds a Doctorate of Education in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  His experience includes: teaching kindergarten and first grade in a public school system, administrator of a variety of Early Care and Education programs, government positions in Early Childhood Education and teaching courses at colleges and universities.

Robert will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 16th, 2017, regarding chapter 7 of Sara Langworthy’s book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*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, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!

 


23 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #6 ANNOUNCED!

The sixth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

Rebecca Schlafer Nealy!

Rebecca is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Healthat the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD (2010) in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development and MPH in Maternal and Child Health (2016) at the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to Minnesota, she received her Masters and Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Most of Rebecca’s research focuses on understanding the developmental outcomes of children and families with multiple risk factors. She is particularly interested in children with parents in prison, as well as the programs and policies that impact families affected by incarceration.  In addition to her academic work, she also volunteers as a guardian ad litem.

Rebecca will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 9th, 2017, regarding chapter 6 of Sara Langworthy’s book Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!


22 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #5 ANNOUNCED!

The fifth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

Chelsea Hetherington!

Chelsea Hetherington, Ph.D., is a Program Evaluation Specialist for the Children & Youth Institute within Michigan State University Extension. In this role, she collaborates with early childhood and 4-H staff statewide to collect data on their programming to demonstrate its impact. Chelsea works with staff through in-person and virtual consultations to assist in the planning and design of program evaluation studies, facilitation of the collection of data from youth and their parents, and analyzing and reporting of evaluation results. She also works to build evaluation capacity within the Children & Youth Institute by providing instruction and guidance on evaluation topics. Chelsea previously worked with the University of Minnesota Extension on the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners project, which sought to build supportive learning environments and community connections within a high needs school in St. Paul, MN. You can read more about her work on this project in this blog post.

Chelsea received her Ph.D. in Child Development from the University of Minnesota in 2016, where her research focused on young children’s understanding of social groups in early childhood. You can find 
her on Twitter at @DrHetherington.


Chelsea will be leading our dialogue on Mar. 2nd, 2017, regarding chapter 5 
of Sara Langworthy’s book 
Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!


21 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #4 ANNOUNCED!

The forth guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

Tom Lent!

Mr. Lent has 40 years of experience in six regions of the world in different roles, including leadership and management, facilitation, strategic planning, organizational development, organizational learning, knowledge development, and training/capacity building. He has worked in different themes, including integrated development, human rights, child rights, advocacy, gender, disaster relief, systemic change, and education sector reform; and with diverse entities, including NGOs, CSOs, the UN, local and national governments, foundations, social movements, the World Bank, and the private sector. He presently works for Training Resource Group as Project Director for EPIC, a project focused on strengthening the Education Office and education sector of USAID. As a Senior Program Director with AED/FHI360, Mr. Lent served as the Project Director for an educational reform project embedded within the Ministry of Education in Zambia. He also designed/facilitated UNICEF’s “Global Consultation for Gender Equality” (for all eight regions and the headquarters) and capacity building workshops on gender equality for UNICEF staff in Latin America/the Caribbean. In collaboration with the World Bank Institute, he designed and facilitated three Distance Learning Courses on education quality and decentralization, including a series of video-conferences that actively and meaningfully engaged education stakeholder exchanges of experiences across nine African countries. In 2004-05, he served as an advisor to the MoE in Guatemala in the Vision Education process that brought together stakeholders across the country. He co-designed and co-delivered sessions for Education Sector Capacity Building for USAID staff from different regions in several of their international conferences. In the last 5 years, Lent has had consultancies and facilitated strategic planning, international strategy meetings, program development, and advocacy strategies with the European Foundation Centre, the Global Alliance of Community Foundations, the Board of CIES, the faculty of ICE at Columbia University, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the Right to Education, and the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The intention behind Lent’s work is to build – in collaboration with others – processes, institutions, organizations and systems that work more intelligently, effectively, responsibly and have a greater, collective impact in their contexts and in the world. Mr. Lent has also worked for Business Community Synergies, Inc., UNICEF, the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Save the Children (Norway, US and the Alliance), Plan International, the Palestinian Welfare Organization, Peace Corps, Global Rights, the European Foundation Center, Watchlist for Children and Armed Conflict, and Global Action for Children.

Tom will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 23rd, 2017, regarding chapter 4 of Sara Langworthy’s book  Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!

 


20 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #3 ANNOUNCED!

The third guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

Scott Wiley!

Scott 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 on TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

Scott will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 16th, 2017, regarding chapter 3 of Sara Langworthy’s book  Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!


19 Jan

EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK STUDY GUEST EXPERT #2 ANNOUNCED!

The second guest expert participating in this book study is… (drum-roll please)

Mike Huber!

Mike 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 newest book is called Teaching with the Body in Mind (Redleaf, 2016). Find him on Facebook at Mike Huber’s Children’s books.

Mike will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2017, regarding chapter 2 of Sara Langworthy’s book  Bridging the Relationship Gap: Connecting with Children Facing Adversity.

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2017! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you! Earn training hours for completing this study!