Early Childhood Education Leader Focuses on Village's Role

Monday, September 26 2011

Creating a team with a shared vision for family and community success is essential for early childhood education, says researcher and educator Debra Ren-Etta Sullivan. She will visit the University of Idaho Oct. 25.
Her seminar, “Creating the Village,” is planned Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9:30 a.m. in Life Sciences 277 and is free and open to the public. Sullivan co-founded and serves as president of the Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education.
As this year’s Margaret Ritchie Distinguished Speaker, Sullivan will explore how communities can develop those approaches. The seminar is sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Her work takes off from the idea popularized by Hillary Clinton that it takes a village to raise a child. Sullivan explores what it takes to create the village to raise the child. The recipient of a doctorate in educational leadership, she asserts that creating the village requires teamwork and a shared vision for family and community success.
Sullivan is the author of “Learning to Lead: Effective Leadership Skills for Teachers of Young Children.”