This week we were asked to research two people who made a major influence in early childhood education. One person I decided to research was a man by the name of Edward Zigler. This was an easy pick because he is one of the founders of Head Start. I work for Head Start and I have a passion for Head Start--I believe it does make a difference. Here is a great quote by Edward Zigler--it's about parent involvement--this quote is going in my office!!
"The more involved parents are in the education of their children, the better the children's education and performance (Zigler, E., 2007)."The second person I researched was Ann Turnbull, Ed.D. She is a distinguished professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. She has a true passion for children with disabilities. I believe regardless of race, socioeconomic status or mental ability ALL children deserve the best education. ALL children should be treated the same. Here is a quote from a study she participated in :
"Encourage parent partnerships grounded in trust and open communication (Beach Center on Disability, 2011)."References
Perkins-Gough, D., & Zigler, E. (2007). Giving Intervention a Head Start. Educational Leadership, Vol. 65 (2), pp. 8-14. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com. (Accession Number 27575727).
The Beach Center on Disability (2011). Beach Resource Detail Page. Implementing inclusive early education: A call for professional empowerment. Retrieved July 22, 2011, from www.beachcenter.org.
As our courses have progressed, we have learned of many early childhood educators that are very passionate about their work. Here are two quotes from two passionate educators that I found insightful!
"The passion to create a safer more just world for ALL children". Louise Derman-Sparks, Professor Emeritus, Pacific Oak College, CA
"Everyday I go to work and look forward to it because I know the services I'm providing are to the benefit of ALL children". Raymond Hernandez MS Ed, Executive Director, School of Early Childhood Education, University of Southern California