Past Speakers

Dr. Gina Mireault: May 2016

Dr. Olga Jarrett

Dr. Gina Mireault gave two presentations related to her current research on the perception and creation of humor in infants from 3 to 12 months old and the implications it holds for understanding critical developmental milestones.

Push-me-pull-you Psychology: Developmental Change in the Context of Others
Developmental outcomes are often a result of navigating what the child is ready for against what we need them to be ready for. Recognizing these differences in readiness and determining if we can bring them into alignment will be the focus of the workshop.

What's So Funny? Infant Humor as a Window into Early Psychological Development
A presentation about Dr. Mireault's empirical work on humor perception and creation in the first year of life, and what it reveals about the earliest processes of social, emotional and cognitive development.

Emily Jackson: May 2015

Dr. Olga Jarrett

Emily Jackson gave three presentations:

Farm to School & Preschool: Recipes for Success With Young Learners

In this afternoon session, come get a "taste" of Farm to Preschool for yourself. Have fun while learning how you can include edible gardens, taste tests/cooking classes, and farm field trips into your curriculum.

Master's in Early Childhood Education Information Session

Interested in enriching the lives of young children? Hosted by the M.Ed Program Director, Robin Ploof, and the Office of Graduate Admissions, this short information session will provide an overview of this engaging online degree program. Hear from current students and get your questions answered.

Feeding the Whole Community to Grow Healthy, Happy Kids

This evening session will include a presentation and panel discussion on Farm to School and Preschool including local experts who will offer advice on joining this growing national movement!

About Emily Jackson

Emily Jackson is the founder and current director of ASAP's (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) Growing Minds Farm to School program. She was raised in rural Western North Carolina and has been working in the education, food and farming world for 15+ years. As a former teacher and farmer, farm to school comes naturally to her. She has served as the SE Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network and presented at numerous national and regional conferences. Emily believes that every child deserves good food and good food experiences. She is ga-ga for children's literature and Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant is her favorite book. She lives on a farm with her husband, varying amounts of chickens, 3 cats and 2 dogs.

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.