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Child Development Educators Summary

Friday, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Child Development Educators Association (CDEA) Business Meeting, Trainer Registry Updates, T.E.A.C.H., and ECE Pathways
Presiding: Katherine Abba, Chair; Presenting: Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith, Child Development/Education/Psychology Departments Chair, San Jacinto College–Central; Megan Burke, Program Director for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas Project, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

Saturday, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
“STEM Teacher Education: Building Baseline Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills in Science”
Dr. Mary Hobbs, Coordinator for Science Initiatives, University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education


Friday, February 24th, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Child Development Educators Association (CDEA) Business Meeting, Trainer Registry Updates, T.E.A.C.H., and ECE Pathways

The Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System (TECPDS) is a statewide system that approves early childhood trainers and their trainings. Trainers listed on the Texas Trainer Registry have gone through an approval process that is defined by a set of qualifications which include early childhood expertise and experience, and knowledge of adult learning theories and principles. The Core Knowledge and Skills include Practitioners, Administrators, and Trainers. The approval process is linked to core competencies, principles of adult learning, and other standards, such as early learning guidelines. This professional development system includes a workforce registry, access to trainings, and opportunities to support career advancement. The session will encourage Child Development college faculty to participate in the Texas Trainer Registry and describe the benefits to their college students as well as early childhood professionals throughout the state. Will share the history of this statewide system and the revised application process for Child Development community college faculty.

Presiding: Katherine Abba, Chair; Presenting: Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith, Child Development, Education, and Psychology Departments Chair, San Jacinto College–Central; Megan Burke, Program Director for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas Project, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

Debbie Simpson-Smith, San Jacinto College–CentralDebbie Simpson-Smith is Chair of the Child Development/Education/Psychology Departments at San Jacinto College–Central campus. She has taught at SJC for 35 years, taught at Eastfield college for 5 years, worked for Head Start and other early childhood centers in Dallas for three years. Debbie is a member of Texas Community College Teachers Association, Child Development Educators Association, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, and ACCESS.

 

Megan BurkMegan Burke has worked in the early childhood field for over 15 years. She has worked in a wide range of capacities from classroom teacher to curriculum coordinator over multiple early childhood centers. With her passion for young children she realized the critical role that the teachers working with those children play and has devoted her career to ensuring that early childhood educators have the knowledge and skills needed to create the best learning experiences and environments for children. For the past 5 years Megan has worked at the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children and currently serves as the Program Director for the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Texas Project. Megan is a register trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development system and has presented/trained thousands of early childhood professional across the state and country. Early childhood education is near and dear to her heart with 4 children of her own.


Saturday, February 25th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

“STEM Teacher Education: Building Baseline Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills in Science”

Dr. Hobbs will discuss outcomes and implications from four years of a National Science Foundation funded study looking at what four year olds know and can do in science. In describing the research work she tells stories collected as she and a university based team worked with twenty-four prekindergarten teachers as teacher-researchers in an integrated program of professional development delivery, student assessment and classroom instruction. She likes to title her presentation, “It Makes a Good Story.”

Dr. Mary Hobbs, Coordinator for Science Initiatives, University of Texas at Austin’s Center for STEM Education

Dr. Mary HobbsMary Hobbs is Coordinator for Science Initiatives at the Center for STEM Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where she oversees a statewide network of 34 local partnerships providing professional development to Texas science teachers. Mary has classroom experience at all grade levels PK-high school, and she has served as Science Specialist for a Regional Education Service Center and as Director of Science PK-12 for a large school district. She was Co-PI on the Building Baseline Objectives for Children’s Knowledge and Skills in Science (BLOCKS) project and continues to disseminate the research results via workshops and conference presentations.

 

 

Child Development Educators Section Chair:
Kathy Abba, Houston Community College–Central