School of Education Faculty Presentations Focus on Early Childhood Learning

Mental Health, Social Identities Core Issues Affecting Children’s Learning

CHICAGO, Ill. (November 17, 2010) –
Marsha Shigeyo Hawley and Jamie Bonczyk, faculty at Kendall College School of Education, delivered presentations on early childhood learning at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2010 Annual Conference and Expo, in Anaheim, Calif, in early November, 2010. More than 25,000 educators and early childhood education professionals attended the 3-day conference.

Associate professor Hawley’s presentation, Partners in Systems of Care: Essential Mental Health Components for Infant/Toddler Programs, focused on the importance of integrating family, educators and community as a key components to quality child care programs. Her presentation also gave perspectives on the underlying philosophy, structure and process for using infant mental health principles in a classroom setting.

Instructor Bonczyk’s session, Plays Well with Others: How Teachers’ Personal and Social Identities Affect Children’s Learning, addressed multicultural and anti-bias education by exploring how teachers’ dispositions and interactions affect children’s learning. In a dynamic and interactive session, she challenged participants to identify a support person or group to implement positive interactions and effective change in the early childhood education professional workplace.

“Kendall College’s School of Education is at the forefront of informing educators about the issues impacting early childhood,” said Dr. Paul Busceni, dean of Kendall College’s School of Education. “The recent participation of our faculty members at NAEYC positively reflects the strength of our program and our commitment to enhance the quality of early childhood education by sharing knowledge with our peers.”

The School of Education has recently added new concentrations in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Childhood Nutrition to its program in order to provide students with the tools to engage professionally with young children and their families, whether working with ESL students or understanding the nutritional needs of children.

About Kendall College
Kendall College, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2009, offers undergraduate degrees in early childhood education, business, culinary arts and hospitality management. Current enrollment is approximately 2,400 students. The school occupies a stunning “Riverworks” campus near downtown Chicago. Kendall College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),, 1-312-263-0456. Kendall’s School of Education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for its certification preparation program that leads to Illinois Type 04 Teacher Certification. Kendall College is a member of the Laureate International Universities network.

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