15 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #5 Announced!

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

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Gayle M. Stuber!

Gayle StuberDr. Stuber is an Early Childhood Specialist who recently retired from her position as Early Childhood Coordinator for the Kansas State Department of Education. (1998-2015). Her interest areas include Early Childhood systems, School Readiness and Success, Early Learning Standards, data systems, and leadership. As part of her work, Dr. Stuber worked with professional colleagues and stakeholders to develop Early Learning Standards for Kansas, a Kansas School Readiness Framework, a School Readiness Data Initiative, and administered pre-kindergarten programs for the state. She was also a partner with other early childhood state level professionals in multiple projects, grant writing experiences, and state level work groups. Before coming to the Kansas State Department of Education, Dr. Stuber taught at Baker University for four years (1994-98) and developed early childhood and special education courses. As part of her work at Baker, Dr. Stuber created and implemented a child care center in collaboration with the local school district.

1972: B.S. in Elementary Education
1986:  M.A. in Early Childhood Education
1994:  Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education

Gayle will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 23rd, 2016, regarding chapter 2 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


12 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Guest Expert #4 Announced!

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

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Jill Bella!

Jill BellaJill Bella, Ed.D., is Director of Quality Supports for the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership and Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at National Louis University (NLU). In these roles she coordinates and conducts research, training, and consultation for local and state initiatives on the Early Childhood Work Environment Survey (ECWES) and the Program Administration Scale (PAS). Dr. Bella is a national reliability anchor for the PAS and BAS. She holds a doctorate degree in Adult and Continuing Education from NLU. Dr. Bella also has both a master’s degree in special education/early intervention and a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Prior to joining the Center, she worked at several child care centers and Akron Children’s Hospital as an early intervention specialist and training associate. Dr. Bella’s research interests include organizational climate, advocacy for the early childhood workforce, systems thinking, and early childhood leadership. She is co-author of A Great Place to Work, Inspiring Peak Performance, and Zoom: The Impact of Early Childhood Leadership Training on Role Perceptions, Job Performance, and Career Decisions.

Director, Quality Supports and Assistant Professor
(800) 443-5522, Ext. 5059
jill.bella@nl.edu
@JillMBella

Jill will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 16th, 2016, regarding chapter 2 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


7 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Special Guests #2 & #3 Announced!

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

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Roseann Murphy!

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Roseann Murphy’s early childhood profession spans nearly four decades. Her extensive resume includes positions as a Child Care Advocate, Owner and Director of Infant/Toddler/Preschool Centers, Private In-Home Teacher, Resource and Referral Coordinator, Family Child Care Educator, and trainer. As an Infant Care Specialist  her work includes, Parenting Coach, Early Childhood Teacher, Workshop Leader, and Infant Nutrition Adviser.

Roseann was inspired by the work of Infant Specialist Magda Gerber. She attended the very first RIE trainings in Los Angeles and was a panel presenter at the International Infant Conference presented by Resources for Infant Educarers® Conference held at UCLA Los Angeles in 1979. She is the founder/owner/director of Malibu Infant Toddler Child Development Center and Little River School working with children from infancy through kindergarten. Roseann studied early childhood development at Pacific Oaks in Pasadena and University of California in Los Angeles.

After spending most of her ECE career in Southern California, Roseann now resides in Northern Illinois where she continues her work as a parenting coach, early childhood education consultant, board President of a child development center, foster parent and adoptive parent.

Roseann Murphy provides support and guidance to professionals and parents through private consultations, workshops, classes and through her online collection of written works both by herself and guest writers. Roseann connects with professionals and parents through Essence of Child Caring’s website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Pinterest board, and YouTube channel. Roseann Murphy does private parent and early childhood consulting. You can reach Roseann by email at EssenceOfChildCaring@gmail.com. Blog https://essenceofchildcaring.edublogs.org

Roseann is also an artist who loves nature, enjoys organic gardening, caring for her many rescue animals and anything Shabby Chic.

“Pretty much everything this woman, Roseann Murphy, posts about infants and children is worth the time to read. Roseannis an expert in infant and child development. I love that I have such an amazing friend in her. Rock on Roseann” – Lee AnnLang

Roseann will be co-leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

The third guest expert participating in this book study is…

Magdalena Palencia!

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Magdalena S. Palencia has worked extensively in all areas of education. Early in her career Magdalena taught history, Spanish grammar, and geography at some of the most prestigious schools in Argentina, including Escuela de Educacion Tecnica SEGBA, The Catholic University of Argentina, and Instituto 25 de Mayo. As co-founder and director of The Century of the XXI non-profit cultural association, Magdalena worked in conjunction with the Santa Monica Library to elevate cultural awareness of Latin America. As head teacher of Little River School in Malibu, Magdalena applied her expertise in early childhood education to create an innovative curriculum for fostering early development incorporating the latest research and findings in the field.

Apart from personal consulting for parents and educators alike, Magdalena shares her expertise and the latest developments in early childhood education through her blog, A Bilingual Childhood Education Blog by Magdalena S. Palencia. Currently, Magdalena is a Spanish literature and Geography teacher at La Escuela Argentina en Los Angeles, where she is also the acting Vice Principal.

Magdalena will be co-leading our dialogue on Feb. 9th, 2016, regarding chapter 1 of Stacie Goffin’s book Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era.

Magdalena’s email is Magdalena.palencia@gmail.com
Blog: http://magdalenaspalencia.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/magdapalencia/

*Just joining? You can find all the book study details HERE. Grab your copy of the book (did you enter the free book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


5 Jan

Early Childhood Goffin Book Study Special Guest #1 Announced!

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

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Kyra Ostendorf!

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Kyra Ostendorf is Vice President of Curriculum, Assessment, and Professional Development at Kaplan Early Learning Company. In this role, she is responsible for supporting Kaplan’s internal teams and external partners and customers with regard to the curriculums and assessments that Kaplan publishes and sells. She also oversees Kaplan’s professional development offerings. Kyra’s most recent project at Kaplan has been to bring Connect4Learning: The Pre-K Curriculum to market after its years in development with a leading team of content experts through funding from the National Science Foundation.

Before joining Kaplan, Kyra was the acquiring editor at Redleaf Press for seven years. There she identified and developed prospective authors to add to the Redleaf portfolio resulting in over 200 publications, including:

  • Giants in the Nursery: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice by David Elkind, PhD (2015);
  • Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of Leadership by Maurice Sykes (2014);
  • Learning from the Bumps in the Road: Insights from Early Childhood Leaders by Holly Elisa Bruno, Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan, Janet Gonzalez-Mena, and Luis Hernandez (2013);
  • Winning Ways for Early Childhood Professionals series by Gigi Schweikert (2012, 2013, and 2014); and
  • Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3 by Brian Puerling (2012).

Kyra was a classroom teacher at the University of Minnesota’s Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School—this foundational experience continues to inform her roles as an editor and provider of content and services.

For the past five years, Kyra has been actively involved with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) National Dialogue. In 2016, Kyra will serve as Chair of the new Affiliate Advisory Council that was formed from the recommendations she helped write while serving on the committee that crafted the recommendations to the governing board for the new NAEYC mission, affiliate structure, and increased member voice.

In addition, Kyra recently completed her tenure on the board of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA), where she was instrumental in leading the two organizations into their collaboration of sharing an executive director and having a joint board of directors.

In 2015, Kyra was named an Emerging Leader by Exchange magazine.

Kyra holds an MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and two sons, ages 13 and 9.

@KyraOstendorf

Kyra will be leading our dialogue on Feb. 2nd, 2016, regarding chapter 1 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 (did you enter the book giveaway yet?) and join in for this epic online event beginning on Feb. 1st, 2016! Invite your friends and colleagues to join you!


3 Jan

Who Are These ECE Guest Experts?

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I’m excited to announce a super lineup of 9 content experts who will provide commentary for my next early childhood blog book study! Who are they? Stay tuned…starting on Tuesday, I will begin releasing the names of our guest experts. One name will be released each day (T & TH) during the month of January!

*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 Feb. 1st!

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