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  • 1.  National Book Study?

    Posted 14 days ago
    Hello Respected Colleagues,

    Like all of you, I am trying to make sense of how to function as a leader during and after this challenging time. Looking ahead, I wondered if there is any interest in a national book study based on a paradigm-shifting book, such as From Teaching to Thinking-A Pedagogy for Reimagining Our Work by Ann Pelo and Margie Carter?

    I pitched the idea to our Affiliate, Michigan AEYC, who were delighted to see where this could go in our state. Could we figure out a way to connect at multiple levels? If we engaged at the national, affiliate, and chapter level we could effectively bind ourselves to each other as people who care about the field and who see this historic cultural disruption as a time to make a change in ourselves for the greater good. Perhaps Ann and Margie would be interested in guiding this with discussion groups trickling down to the local chapters?

    Just thought I would float this idea out there this morning...We all need each other and together we can create something even better than before in our field.

    For all the wondering children and adults,
    Chris

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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
    christine.whitmire@lewiscassisd.org
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  • 2.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 13 days ago
    I am interested in knowing more!

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    Kristen Carlson
    Quality Improvement Specialist
    Great Start to Quality
    Ishpeming MI
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  • 3.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 11 days ago
    I would be interested. I have read the book and would love a chance to discuss.

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    Margery Heyl
    Chicago IL
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  • 4.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 13 days ago
    I am very interested in this suggested book study.

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    Kasi Jarvis
    Grovetown GA
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  • 5.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 13 days ago
    Very intrigued to learn more.

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    Sara Garner
    Instructor
    SEMO
    Advance MO
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  • 6.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago
    At New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia, NJEEPRE, we spent this year doing a book study using From Teaching to Thinking. It was great. It would be really interesting to have a book study across the country and also encourage those who lead and teach in public and private schools with preschools and primary grades to join the discussion.

    Once we do that, the next discussion should be on how to manage the implementation of the changes discussed in the book.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 7.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hello Nora,
    Margie Carter just reached out to me and I wonder if you would like to be part of the conversation? I think your expertise in the book study followed with further ideas for implementation would be tremendously helpful. Have you created a study guide?
    Be well,
    Chris

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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
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  • 8.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 3 days ago
    I would love to join you on the call. We did not have a study guide per se for the book. We used a book study protocol that we found online but implemented it in a pretty fluid way. Our group was small. It might be more difficult to do this in a very large group. It would be great to hear Margie Carter's ideas.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 9.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago
    I am very interested.

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    Sharon Tankersley
    FCHS
    New Albany IN
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  • 10.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago
    Yes, please, Christine! I love this idea! I have that book sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read and thought about and discussed.

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    Jennifer Smallwood
    Early Learning Integration Manager
    Monroe County Schools
    Bloomington IN
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  • 11.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago
    I am curious. Please share more information.
    L

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    LaDon Love
    Executive Director
    SPACEs In Action/SIA
    Washington DC
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  • 12.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago
    Doing a national study with From Teaching to Thinking at this time is a beautiful idea!

    With the medical issue driving how we live right now, it is as though we have hit the pause button with this awful, "unseen" but lived threat to our lives. It is an opportunity to rethink everything related to our pedagogy if we want to engage in that.

    Ann Pelo and Margie Carter's book is a perfect vehicle to start that conversation of rethinking our pedagogy and go even further with the ideas articulated in the book. We could examine ourselves and our beliefs and go on to look at the philosophies and theories that guide our work with children, and how we interact with children, families, and their communities. What a wonderful change we might develop from those conversations!

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 13.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago

    Nora,

    I'm so happy to hear from a kindred spirit. :)
    I agree completely.

    Erica Willard, Executive Director from Michigan AEYC, is reaching out to Gwen Simmons at NAEYC to get the ball rolling and see where this goes. I hope to be a facilitator of sorts... But would love to have Margie and Ann as the thought leaders.

    Maybe a couple of us can be part of this to help guide! alongside the authors?

    Be well,
    Chris



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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
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  • 14.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 12 days ago
    Since our group, New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia (NJEEPRE) did a book study of From Teaching to Thinking this year, I would also love to help with facilitating the study. We had different people volunteer to guide each discussion meeting using some book study guidelines that we found online. Most of our meetings were online using Zoom with video. I bet that Ann Pelo and Margie Carter might be interested in joining in if a way to manage this can be found.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 15.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 11 days ago
    I just ordered the book!

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    Maureen Rutkowski
    Swarthmore PA
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  • 16.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 11 days ago
    This sounds like a great idea & I would love to be part of the study group! What a positive outlook, during these uncertain times...

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    Meg Marchese
    Preschool Teacher
    Western Carolina University
    BK-Human Services-Concentration in Early Childhood
    Belmont, NC
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  • 17.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 10 days ago
    I think that's a great idea.  I'm in!

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    Mary Kay Scanlon
    Holy Trinity Early Education Center
    Lenexa KS
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  • 18.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 10 days ago

    Count me in!   I have this book and begun reading, and I would really like to be part of a book study and discussion around the important ideas and topics these authors present! 



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    Marilyn Brink
    Manager, Professional Development and Early Childhood/ NatureStart Professional Development
    Chicago Zoological Society
    Saint Charles IL
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  • 19.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 10 days ago
    This sounds like a great idea, Christine As an adjunct instructor in early childhood education,  I believe it would be advantageous for higher education instructors to join in on the study.  These are concepts that we need to deeply integrate into our courses and bring to the forefront for teacher candidates.

    Lisa Kay Dickey
    Adjunct Instructor- Early Childhood Education
    Mendota, IL

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    Lisa Dickey
    Mendota IL
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  • 20.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hi Christine,
    I would be interested in participating with this book study as well.

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    Shane Yates
    Busy Bees Academy
    Columbus IN
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  • 21.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 10 days ago
    I would be interested in this book study!

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    Tara Savoie
    Supervising Teacher
    University of Amherst, MA -CEEC
    Gill MA
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  • 22.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 9 days ago
    Christine,
    I am very interested in participating in this book study. I work at the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. I work with the infant/toddler teachers at our university child care center. This is our second year of doing a book study during the spring semester. Last year we read Infants and Toddlers at Work by Ann Lewin-Benham and this year we are reading Children's Lively Minds by Deb Curtis and Nadia Jaboneta. Our university has moved to online classes and asked us to work from home so the child care center is closed for at least 4 weeks. We are continuing our book study via ZOOM so we have a way to continuing discussing what we are learning together as we introduce STEM investigations to infants and toddlers. I have not read the book you are proposing to use but would love to be involved in your book study.

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    Sherri Peterson
    Program Coordinator
    University of Northern Iowa
    Waterloo IA
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  • 23.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I would be interested in this.  Has any decision been made since your original post?

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    Shawn Shefte
    BK Technical Assistance Specialist
    Childcare Services Association
    Chapel Hill NC
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  • 24.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hi Shawn,

    Because the Interest Forums have experience doing online book studies, we are working with Christine and folks on planning.  More news coming very soon!

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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 25.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Thanks.  There may be more folks at my office who may be interested as well.  Would love to have a link or way to include them.
    Shawn






  • 26.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I think that we would need to figure out how to set this up. Also, maybe we would need to initially break the book study up by region so that the groups would be smaller. I am not sure how many people would sign up. We would have to decide on how to host the groups and provide some guidelines for facilitating the discussions. Another question is whether NAEYC could be the host Zoom site or another tool to connect.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to structure the book study? I am certainly willing to get the ball going but I do not have access to an interactive video tool that can host huge numbers of folks for an hour at a time.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 27.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Thanks Nora!  We'll include you in the planning as it develops (you should expect to here from me directly in the next couple of days  about a call).  NAEYC has some online meeting resources we can put towards supporting this.

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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 28.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    Thank you.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 29.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I would also be interested in a book study.Thanks.

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    Cheryl Moon
    Everett WA
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  • 30.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 7 days ago
    I am  very interested in joining in this study. Wonderful book to use! Please keep us informed. Stay safe.

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    Debby Richardson
    Director
    The Nicholas School
    Wallingford PA
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  • 31.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Hi Nora and Michael,

    Such a wonderful idea!  The Maryland affiliate would love to hear more about being a part of this book study if and when it comes to fruition.

    Thank you!



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    Christina Lopez
    President
    MDAEYC
    Mechanicsville, MD
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  • 32.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks, Christine.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 33.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I love this idea!  I am Co-President in CT.  We are discussing how we can do this within our state!  How can we work collaboratively?

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    Kimberly Mansfield
    Ledyard CT
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  • 34.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I would be interested in this.Thanks.

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    Cheryl Moon
    Everett WA
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  • 35.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I would love to be part of this book study!

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    Blair Hranowsky
    Teacher
    Charleston County School District
    Charleston SC
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  • 36.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 7 days ago
    After so many wonderful responses, I want you all to know that NAEYC is working on putting this together for all of us!
    More to come!

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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
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  • 37.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 4 days ago
    This is a great idea, Chis!  Thanks for suggesting it.

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    Kresha Warnock
    University Place WA
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  • 38.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 8 days ago
    I would love to do this!

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    Blair Hranowsky
    Teacher
    Charleston County School District
    Charleston SC
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  • 39.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 7 days ago
    I would love to participate. I started reading From Teaching to Thinking over the weekend and would love to explore with others.

    ~Betsy

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    Betsy Ferney
    Durham NC
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  • 40.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 6 days ago
    I would be interested in the book study and look forward to learning more about this opportunity.
    Amy Leister

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    Amy Leister
    Instructional Coach
    Pender County Preschool Program
    Wilmington NC
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  • 41.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 6 days ago
    This is a wonderful idea! I would LOVE to participate!

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    Mary Walker
    Lead Toddler Teacher
    Wheaton, IL
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  • 42.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 5 days ago
    I would love to read this book you speak so highly of. Please keep me up dated on the discussion.

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    Yolanda Joyce
    Jacksonville FL
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  • 43.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 5 days ago
    This is a wonderful idea! I'd love to participate.

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    Kathleen Beaudoin
    Teacher
    Monroe County ISD
    Tecumseh MI
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  • 44.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 4 days ago
    Hi Christine,

    This is an exciting and brilliant idea. I work in ECFE in Minneapolis and our district pays for our membership. I just discussed this idea with a colleague. We could even do it for our PDPLC professional learning next year and include action research. We're willing to jump in and participate and bring to our local and state NAEYC affiliates!

    On a separate topic I had a question and was curious. I heard on the news MI cancelled school for the rest of the year. What was the reasoning behind that I assumed it was because the school districts had not made the investment in technology. In MN we are providing school via distance learning the Governor gave teachers two weeks to plan and prepare. Some districts were more ready then others. Minneapolis is pushing out 1 computer to each family and couldn't do 1 to 1 for each child as originally planned.

    I think 🤔 it's a good time to start to use the technology to change the way we teach and am excited about the possibilities.

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    Luann Polejewski
    Eden Prairie MN
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  • 45.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 3 days ago

    Hello Luann,

    Thanks for the question regarding Michigan. :) Late last week, Governor Whitmer gave direction to the school districts to offer hybrid learning. So teaching and learning will continue in our state, although we do not have 1:1 technology for students. In pursuit of equity, we are reaching children with printed materials, books, letters, texts, and phone calls, as well as using virtual learning methods. Our districts will have to provide a plan later in April to show how they will accomplish this within reason K-12. We've also been given guidelines and a template to create these plans.

    For my own local state-funded preschool program,  we felt connection was our first and most important priority, and so we began in mid-March to reach out, listen, and give needed resources, like food drop locations. We created a printed Home Learning Book, gathered books and learning supplies for a Home Learning Kit, and safely distributed these prior to shelter in place directions.

    Since then, we've made dedicated efforts to set up learning groups, communicate a reasonable time to connect each day, and use multiple methods to teach from the Home Learning Book, which is full of simple learning activities based on HighScope's COR using household goods. We've also launched a letter writing campaign with stamps provided for three "volleys" of writing with the help of a local funder. We have experimented with Loom for read alouds as well as many other tech-enabled methods.

    Our survey indicates a total of 66% of our 145 families in 9 classrooms have Internet and an enabled device, with a low of 40% in one classroom and a high of 94% in another. What we've learned after three weeks of engagement, is to make connection with families a priority and press in to care for staff, meeting very regularly with the bare bones of a plan for moving forward. We meet with staff two times a week to support each other during this difficult time. 

    More about the National Book Study on From Teaching to Thinking will be coming out soon, and I look forward to connecting with each of you as we assess the future. I remain hopeful that great good can come from this time.

    Together,
    Chris



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    Christine Whitmire
    Director of Early Childhood Education
    Lewis Cass Intermediate School District
    Cassopolis MI
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  • 46.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 3 days ago

    Thank you Christine! 

    I misunderstood the news when it said just MI School was cancelled through the end of the year. I took it literally wish they would of said closed and planning for distance learning but sounds like Governor came out later with the distance learning plan.

    In MN School was cancelled for two weeks for teachers to plan. Then our district had a week of spring break. We start distance learning in our district tomarrow. My team is Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) we offer classes for families and there children ages birth to 5 years old one time a week for two hours. I'm the Early Childhood Teacher and my colleague is the Parent Educator. After 1 hr of EC the parents go with PE for 1 hr of checkin child development topics discussion and home connection. We will be using zoom for real-time meetings and Seesaw for at home activities and sharing student work. We are planning for this plan until May 1st but will see as things change day by day.

    Thank you again for brining this National Study forward. I appreciate your response to how you are distance learning in MI and your practices.  I'm not familiar with the read aloud platform you mentioned and I will look more into that.
    Wishing you well!



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    Luann Polejewski
    Early Childhood Teacher
    ECFE
    Minneapolis Public School District
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  • 47.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 2 days ago
    Hi Everyone--

    We are currently working with some affiliates (and others with experience doing this) on pulling together some tip sheets/how-to guides so that this can easily taken up by folks at a variety of levels.  We're exploring a hybrid model, with some online video conference meetings among small groups and then groups posting summaries of their discussions and additional question here to Hello to facilitate a conversation across all of the groups.

    In addition to the book mentioned above,  we've also had interest in doing groups related to Each and Every Child: Teaching Preschool with an Equity Lens (which many of you received as a member benefit) and also around the new edition of Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves.

    We will have information on how to self-organize on this very soon and are all very existed to make this happen.

    best,


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    Michael Coventry
    National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Washington DC
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  • 48.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 2 days ago
    Dear Michael:

    Perhaps there should be two national book study groups. One for teachers and assistant teachers and one for leaders of centers and schools hosting, not just preschool, but first through third grades, that way covering the full scope of what NAEYC included as early childhood education.

    I think From Teaching to Thinking is a highly accessible book. In addition to the books that you suggested, there are other very accessible and beautifully written books: Teaching Four-Year-Olds, A Personal Journey, also from Exchange Press. Of course, the books that you mentioned in your post would be great for teachers and leaders, but more so for teachers.  From Teaching to Thinking's accessibility and clarity is by far the best book that I have encountered in a long time for leaders. Another book that NJEEPRE studied in our Roundtables this year was Really Seeing Children, which is very accessible and has a focus on younger children.

    The organization and its culture starts with the leadership and trickles down. That is what makes From Teaching to Thinking so important.

    I hope to see the info that you have for self-organizing. That is basically what we did with our group: New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia (www.newjerseyreggionetwork.org). We began with a protocol to give ourselves a beginning structure but it was not strictly followed. The conversation took pathways and turns based on the participants' interpretation and personal situations. We met in person and online, using Zoom.

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    Nora Krieger, PhD
    Associate Professor Emerita/Past Chair NJEEPRE
    Bloomfield College/NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia
    Highland Park, NJ
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  • 49.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 2 days ago
    For those who are interested in studying From Teaching to Thinking, can we schedule a day and time and just make it happen?  I recognize we need to be aware of time zones.  However, let's do it!

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    Karen McCoy, PhD
    Toledo Day Nursery
    Toledo OH
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  • 50.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 2 days ago

    Sounds good!  

    I can make this happen. Will follow this thread! 



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    Marilyn Brink
    Manager, Professional Development and Early Childhood/ NatureStart Professional Development
    Chicago Zoological Society
    Saint Charles IL
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  • 51.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 2 days ago
    From Teaching to Thinking is a FABULOUS book.  It would be an honor to do a  book study with the authors.
    How do we see if this is possible?

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    Karen McCoy, PhD
    Toledo Day Nursery
    Toledo OH
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  • 52.  RE: National Book Study?

    Posted 2 days ago
    I would love to be part of this book study group.I am in Fort Worth Texas.I am ordering the book for al my lead teachers

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    Esther Wolf
    Lil Goldman Early Learning Center
    Fort Worth TX
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