Jeanette Deutermann Leads an All-Star Team for the Whole Child

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Earlier this year, as New York entered the testing season, Jeanette Deutermann posted some advice on the Facebook page of the Long Island Opt-Out group. A mother of two, at the epicenter of the state’s resistance movement, she addressed this question: what do we say to individuals who think it’s important for kids to take the test so that they learn not to back down from a challenge?

The steering committee of New York State Allies for Public Education, upon which Deutermann sits, had to get it right. This was no academic exercise: it went straight . . . Read full article →

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What Do Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups? Ask Erika Christakis

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Suddenly, everyone’s weighing in on what young children need. From CEOs of tech startups to the titans of philanthropcapitalism, from economists to journalists and political pundits, early development and education have become a free-for-all, the province of those whose expertise lies elsewhere.

Enter, Erika Christakis, author of The Importance of Being Little. First, her credentials. She spent her undergraduate years at Harvard, and went on for advanced degrees at Johns Hopkins, the University of Pennsylvania, and Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education. Long affiliated with Yale, she has taught preschoolers along with college courses on child development and . . . Read full article →

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Michelle Gunderson Champions Play as an Organizing Principle

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“There once was a union maid, who never was afraid,” wrote Woodie Guthrie, the son of an industrialist who grew up to chronicle, in song, the suffering of the Great Depression. Michelle Gunderson is her descendant.

A veteran first-grade teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and a doctoral student at Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction, she honors the expertise of early childhood educators, fighting for play and policies that support best practice through “good, old-fashioned union organizing.” This essay originally appeared at Living in Dialogue.

 

By Michelle Gunderson

The children in . . . Read full article →

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