Past Speakers

Dr. Olga Jarrett: May 2013

Dr. Olga Jarrett

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Film Screening
Held in collaboration with the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children, the Champlain M.Ed program held an afternoon screening of the film "Play Again" (watch trailer) followed by a discussion with Dr. Olga Jarrett and Vermont Early Childhood experts including Dr. Laurel Bongiorno. For more information, read this USA Today article on the importance of recess for children.  Students in the M.Ed. program read Jarrett's work in GEE-502. To read more about Jarrett's work now, follow this link to an article in the Burlington Free Press. 

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Spring Speaker Presentation
Dr. Olga Jarrett gave her presentation, "Recess and Your Child's Well-Being."

Joan Almon: May 2012

Joan AlmonJoan Almon, founding director of the nonprofit Alliance for Childhood, whose mission statement advocates to "bring to light both the promise and the vulnerability of childhood."

Almon was featured in two events on May 16 at the annual Early Childhood Education program's spring speaker seminar at Champlain College. The event was co-sponsored by the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children.

Timely Issues Addressed for Parents and Educators

Almon is co-author of reports by the same names. "Crisis in Early Education," geared toward early childhood educators, focused on Almon's latest research. "Crisis in the Kindergarten," aimed at educators and parents of children as young as toddlers, addressed children's learning and development and how play impacts those areas.

"I am very excited to bring Joan Almon to Vermont to share her insights with early childhood educators and parents across the state. Her work with the Alliance for Childhood is important for our children. Joan's research sheds light on misconceptions about children's learning and the practices in early education settings in the United States today," Early Childhood Education Program Director Laurel Bongiorno says.

The Importance of Play

Almon is a longtime proponent of giving young children opportunities to learn through play in the classroom. Her research proposes play-based education as a way to promote learning, reduce stress and support healthier children. She also has pushed for more nutritional meals in schools to address obesity.

Students in the M.Ed. program read Almon's work in GEE-501. Visit for more information about Almon.