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Department of Early Childhood Education

College of Education

Faculty Highlights

Congratulations to Dr. Kathryn Sharp on her recent publication!

Sharp, L. K. (2016). Examining the precepts of early childhood education: The basics or the essence? The International Journal of the Whole Child.

Click on the title to read her article.


Dr. Jane Broderick was funded for her RDC grant, Teaching Teachers to Converse Productively with Students.

Dr. Broderick will be conducting a quantitative single case design pilot study to investigate the effects of a professional development training focused on teaching preschool teachers to use the Cycle Of Inquiry System (CIS) and weekly mentoring meetings on their use of productive and non-productive conversation strategies with young children.


2014-2018 - Dr. Alissa Lange - Principal Investigator (prior Co-Investigator). National Science Foundation. $2,351,827, 4 years

Supports for Science and Mathematics Learning in PreKindergarten Dual Language Learners: Designing and Expanding a Professional Development System. The SciMath-DLL expansion grant is a continuation of a prior NSF-funded qualitative study to develop and qualitative evaluate the model from 2010-2014. The current funded project involves 1) expansion of our resources, for example, by piloting online coaching, and 2) evaluating the effects of the model experimentally on educators and children. 


2015-2018 - Dr. Alissa Lange - Principal Investigator. National Science Foundation. $55,222.

Supplementary Funding Request to Expand DLL supports (Supports for Science and Mathematics Learning in PreKindergarten Dual Language Learners: Designing and Expanding a Professional Development System). This supplementary funding request was granted to translate all SciMath-DLL workshop materials into Spanish and evaluate participants responses to the new resources. SciMath-DLL is a professional development model to increase the quality of teaching around science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for all children, including dual language learners (DLLs). The model was co-developed with educators and is based on best-practice in professional development, STEM learning, teaching, and development, and working with DLLs. 


2017 Lead Consultant. New Jersey State Library. $7,500.

MASST (Math and Science Story Time) Program for Public Libraries. MASST is a bilingual preschool math and science, library-based informal education program that aims to bring high quality early science and math experiences to young children and their families. Dr. Lange developed MASST in 2012 in partnership with the New Brunswick Free Public Library. MASST has run there every summer since. In partnership with the New Jersey State Library and NIEER, we are supporting the 10 libraries that won a grant competition funded by the New Jersey State Library to run MASST during 2017. 

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