We agree that STEM education MUST begin in early childhood. Join us in the initiative to foster children's innate STEM concepts -- creativity, exploration, and critical thinking -- during the years that matter most, birth to five years.
The Region 9 Head Start Association
The Early Childhood STEM Institute is intended for Early Childhood Educators in the both the Head Start community and the early childhood education community at large, nation-wide. It is a call to action, in response to the question posed by The National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century (known as the Glenn Commission, 2000);
“As our children move toward the day when their decisions will be the ones shaping a new America, will they be equipped with the mathematical and scientific tools needed to meet those challenges and capitalize on those opportunities?”
The purpose of this Institute is to draw from nation-wide expertise to help programs and agencies bring the joy of learning math, science, technology, and engineering concepts (STEM) to more children, especially ages birth to five years, in a tangible and hands-on way. Our audience will gain a better understanding of how children innately grasp STEM concepts, and will take home real strategies to develop programs to engage children.
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Professor Emerita of early childhood education at the University of Illinois; Principal Investigator for the Illinois
Early Learning Project; and contributor to the Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
Dr. Douglas Clements
Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning; Executive Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning & Literacy; and Professor at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Clements is a researcher and curriculum developer who directs research funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences.
Served on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Technology Panel that developed the Position Statement on Appropriate Use of Technology for Young Children. She has also held faculty positions at The George Washington University, Wheelock College and Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Betty Zan
Director of the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, where she is also Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. Principal Investigator of Ramps and Pathways: A Constructivist Approach to Physical Science, funded by the National Science Foundation and Coaching and Mentoring for Preschool Quality, funded by the Office of Head Start.
Dr. Ann Wakeley: A math researcher and educator focusing on mathematical thinking in infancy, the preschool years, and early adolescence. Formerly, as Director of Mathematics Curriculum for the National Head Start Family Literacy Center, she provided training and technical assistance in early mathematics to Head Start and Early Head Start programs and collaborated in the development of a range of resource materials including an Early Head Start and Head Start Resource Guide.
An expert in Educational Technology and Bilingual Education with a specialization in Early Childhood. With 20 years of experience working for National, Migrant, Regional, and local Head Start Programs, she is nationally known for her expertise in Early Math and English Language Learners.