March 2: Debbie LeeKeenan
Debbie LeeKeenan has been the Director of the Eliot Pearson Children's School since 1996. Her professional experience includes over 35 years of teaching in diverse university, public schools and early childhood settings. She has been a teacher of teachers, teacher of parents and a teacher of young children. Her interests are in early childhood education, curriculum development, teacher training, and anti-bias teaching and learning. She has been involved with project-based curriculum and applications of Reggio Emilia approach for many years. Her published works have appeared in the first edition of Hundred Languages of Children and in the NAEYC journal, Young Children. She is an author of Proactive Parenting: Guiding Your Child From Two to Six, written by Faculty of Tufts University's Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development. Debbie has presented workshops at numerous conferences, both locally and nationally and has been a consultant for various school systems and educational organizations. Debbie received her Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and her Master's degree from the University of New Mexico. She has two adult children and a six year old granddaughter.
Multicultural and anti-bias teaching, teacher education, home-school partnerships, early childhood education
Scholarship & Research
Educational Outreach Consultant and Staff Developer for the Center for Applied Child Development
Proactive Parenting: Guiding Your Child From Two to Six
LeeKeenan, D. & Nimmo, J. (1993). Connections: Using the Project Approach with Two and Three Year Olds in a University Laboratory School. in Edwards, C., Forman, G. & Gandini, L. The Hundred Languages of Children. Ablex Publishing Co.
LeeKeenan, D. & Edwards, C. (1992). Using the Project Approach with Toddlers. Young Children. 47(4), 31-35.
LeeKeenan, D. (1988). Creative Approaches for Developing Early Childhood Curriculum. Handbook for the Human Development Laboratory School, UMass at Amherst.
April 6: Dr. Karen Mapp
Karen L. Mapp is a lecturer on education at HGSE. Her research and practice expertise is in the areas of educational leadership and educational partnerships among schools, families, and community members. Mapp joined HGSE in January 2005 after serving for 18 months as the interim deputy superintendent of Family and Community Engagement for the Boston Public Schools (BPS). While working with the BPS, she continued to fulfill her duties as president of the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE), a research, policy, and advocacy organization that conducts research on and advocates for effective school, family, and community partnerships that support the educational development of children. Mapp joined IRE in 1997 as project director for the Boston Community Partners for Students' Success initiative. She was appointed vice president in May 1998 and president in September 1998. Mapp holds a doctorate and master's of education from HGSE in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, a master's in Counselor Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1997, she was awarded a Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for her research on how and why families are involved in their children's educational development. She is the author of "Making the Connection between Families and Schools," published by the Harvard Education Letter (1997) and "Having Their Say: Parents Describe How and Why They Are Engaged in Their Children's Learning" in the School Community Journal (2002). She also coauthored with Anne Henderson A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement (2002).
May 4: Dr. Sharon Lynn Kagan
May 18: Dr. Jacqueline Jones