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Students will participate in a 3-day residency during the first year of enrollment in the graduate program.
M.Ed. students participate in The Play Experience: How to Strengthen Professional Development, Play Leadership, and Advocacy with Walter Drew of the Institute for Self Active Education at NAEYC in Orlando FL.
Our June residency was held in New Orleans, LA in June in conjunction with the NAEYC Professional Development Institute. The topic for this Institute was The Early Childhood Education Profession We All Want: What will it take to get us there? The residency was led by Dr. Robin Ploof, Program Director and joined by Dr. Laurel Bongiorno, Dean of the Division of Education and Human Studies along with faculty members Dr. Debra Lawrence, Jacqueline Sprague, Kathi Apgar and Lorraine Harris. Following the session Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning – Conversations with Contributing Authors, Chip Donohue the editor of the book and moderator of the discussion joined us for one of our lunchtime discussions. Students attended a poster session highlighting current research. At that session, Robin and Laurel presented A Tale of Two Studies: Teacher and Parent Beliefs about Play. Students attended many other sessions including a presentation by faculty member Debra Lawrence on recommendations for improving the US system of early care and education. Rumor has it students and faculty were also spotted at Café Du Monde.