Learning from the Bumps in the Road Insights from Early Childhood Leaders

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Description: Four dynamic leaders in early childhood share their insights and advice on a dozen professional development topics. This unique compilation of conversational essays helps early childhood professionals reflect on and strengthen their own skills and  More...

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List price: $29.95
Publisher: Redleaf Press
Publication date: 7/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Four dynamic leaders in early childhood share their insights and advice on a dozen professional development topics. This unique compilation of conversational essays helps early childhood professionals reflect on and strengthen their own skills and abilities as they work with children, families, and colleagues.Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD;Janet Gonzalez-Mena, MA;Luis Antonio Hernandez, MA; andDebra Ren-Etta Sullivan, EdD, are acclaimed keynote speakers, authors, and experts on a variety of topics in early childhood.

Janet Gonzalez-Mena started her early childhood career in a cooperative preschool as a parent volunteer back in 1966. She then became a Head Start volunteer and ended up as a teacher in a preschool for Spanish-speaking children and their families in 1970’s. She has also helped open several pilot programs including a therapeutic child care program and a home-based bilingual preschool program. When Magda Gerber came into her life in the mid-1970’s, Janet signed up for an internship with her at the Children’s Health Council in Menlo Park, California. As a result of that experience, later, when she became a child care director, she was able to incorporate much of what she learned into her work and was influential in expanding that program to include an infant center. Training and teaching adults has always been sideline, even when she was working with children and families. She worked as a Head Start trainer and as adjunct faculty in 4 community colleges plus the University of California Santa Cruz credential extension program. She taught for 15 years as full time faculty at Napa Valley College in the Child and Family Studies Program. Since 1991, she has been part of the faculty for WestEd’s Program for Infant-Toddler Caregivers (PITC) Training of Trainer Institutes. Janet has been writing along with teaching for all these years and is author of numerous articles and 13 books related to early childhood, including Foundations of Early Childhood Education; Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers (with co-author Dianne Eyer); and Diversity in Early Care and Education: Honoring Differences (Formerly Multicultural Issues in Child Care). She wrote Dragon Mom about herself as parent to help early childhood professionals alleviate guilt when their parenting doesn't live up to their high standards. Her latest passion is understanding more about the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary, where Magda Gerber came from. It took her 30 years to get there after she first heard of it, but her first trip to it in November of 2003 merely whetted her appetite. She has made two more since and is planning for another one. She is fascinated by the approach and is convinced that this residential nursery is a model for the world. She is continuing to learn more about how this approach can be used to improve infant-toddler care and education programs in the United States. She is also working with a group in Mexico to explore how the approach might fit into their models of residential care for infants and toddlers. Janet has a Master of Arts Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks in Pasadena, California.

Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan is president of the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Seattle University. Debra was the first dean at Pacific Oaks College.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Our Way to Sincerity: Affirming Civility and Tolerance in Our Daily Work
Power Imbalances: Unwritten but Binding Social Contracts
Creating the Village: Building Relationships That Support Children
From the Universal to the Uniform: Considering Cultural and Diversity Standards across Our Personal and Professional Connections
Tomorrow's Children Today: A Self-Assessment Approach to Multicultural Readiness
Technology: Reflecting on Resistance and Habits on the Way to Dynamic Change
CAT Spells Success: Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching for Quality Learning Environments
Playing for Keeps: The Power of Laughter and Lightheartedness for Adults
Social-Emotional Competence: Are You Smarter Than a Two-Year-Old?
The Great Imposter: Unmasking the Burden of Self-Doubt in Our Professional Lives
Intentionality for the Well-Intended
Lessons Learned from the Bumps in the Road
About the Authors
Index

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