The Early Educators Fellowship Initiative

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The CAYL Institute intentionally worked to build a state-wide and local learning communities for the purpose of creating and building a “shared identity” among “all early educators” regardless of sector (public school, head start, etc).  Not only were the Fellows members of cross-sector teams from the same community, each Fellowship meeting included time for informal and formal networking. Activities were Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 1.02.48 PMdesigned to help participants interact by job-alike as well as community teams. In addition, participants were given access to tools and resources necessary to become fluent in transferring quantitative data into qualitative results.  These elements were brought together with the intent to give participants and teams the opportunity to assess, reflect, and develop identifiable goals and action plans based on the information they learned from the speakers and small group discussions.

The Early Educators Fellowship Initiative

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DebbiePicMarch 2, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Debbie LeeKeenan

“Building Anti-bias Programs: The Leader’s Role”

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.

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Pre-Work for March 2, 2013
Reading Assignment for March 2, 2013
Graduate Credit Information and Form
Please complete before next session: Team Meeting Form
Please complete before next session: Pre-Work for session two