Julie Biddle, Chair of Education programs at AUM, has a recent publication. Her book review of Erika Christakis’ The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need from Grownups is in the current Mid-Western Educational Research (Volume 30, Issue 3).
Stephanie VanHouten, a December 2017 graduate of the AUM MEd with a professional concentration in the Reggio Emilia Approach was selected to give a Ted Talk at TedxDayton on October 12. Her talk centered around the Reggio Emilia Approach and the current view of young children in the American educational system.
As Stephanie stated, “A teacher wears many hats. One that I honor most is advocate. I will stand on that stage and fight for the education that ALL students deserve. Let’s give kindergarten back to the children!”
Stephanie completed her BA in Early Childhood Education with licensure at AUM prior to enrolling in her MEd program. She is a kindergarten teacher at Parkwood Elementary in Beavercreek, OH.
TEDx is a program of local, independently organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TedxDayton offers a combination of videos and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. View a recording of TedxDayton here. VanHouten’s talk begins at 5:07.
Honor Recognizes Exemplary Transfer Pathways
Antioch University Midwest has been named to the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students. AUM Provost and CEO, Marian Glancy said, “Antioch University Midwest is honored to be named to the 2018 Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll. Together, with our community college partners, we look forward to educating PTK students in the Southwest Ohio region as future leaders.”
Over the past 18 months, Antioch University Midwest has instituted a number of articulation agreements with local partners, including Clark State, Southern State, and Sinclair community colleges, that provide 3+1 and 2+2 pathways for their students. “Antioch has shown themselves to not only be transfer friendly to our community college graduates but has gone beyond to define clear pathways of articulation for our many programs,” said Dr. Peggy Chalker, Dean of Articulation and Transfer at Southern State Community College.
“Antioch University has provided the convenience in scheduling without compromise of quality and academic rigor, providing our students with the challenge they seek and the ability to obtain their degree in a non-traditional manner,” Dr. Chalker continued.
Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, applications were evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities.
“In order to ensure [the students’] continued success, the Transfer Honor Roll Program identifies colleges and universities that understand the unique needs of transfer students and applauds the dynamic pathways these colleges have created to continue fostering student success among transfer students at the four-year college,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.
“Being named to the 2018 PTK Transfer Honor Roll showcases AUM’s excellence and success in creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfers. AUM will continue to look for opportunities to make an undergraduate education affordable and accessible to PTK transfer students throughout Southwest Ohio,” said Antioch University Midwest Undergraduate Studies Chair, Sonya Fultz.
At a recent South Ohio Colleges of Higher Education (SOCHE) faculty awards banquet at the Dayton Art Institute, six Antioch University Midwest faculty members were honored with excellence awards. Academic officers select faculty based on each institution’s criteria with special consideration of demonstrated excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.
Pictured are the recipients from L to R: Hays Moulton, M.Ed., Chair, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies; Sonya Fultz, M.Ed., Chair, Undergraduate Studies; Dr. Michele Nobel, Chair, Special Education Programs; Dr. Denise Sharp, Clinical Faculty, Education; Dr. Rand Oliver, Chair, Graduate Management Programs; and Dr. Steve Shaw, Library Director (not pictured).
Antioch University Midwest is part of the Ohio Association of Private Colleges (OAPC) with teacher education programs. As an Ohio private college, we’re proud to provide great opportunities for close faculty relationships and mentoring opportunities for future educators.
Learn more about the Education programs at AUM.
He’s the brave one. She’s the risk taker.
The bird wings in her notebook are painted the shade of her lavender cape.
He compares patience to the line of ants nearing the peach pit in the play yard.
These are the children that child-centered teaching speaks directly to; naturally full of wonder and capable of constructing their own learning. These are the adult learners who never outgrew their imaginations or the desire for choice and consistency. These are the forest gnomes and the farmers; these are the villagers of the place-based, interactive Early Childhood Education Programs at Antioch University.
Spring is “In Bloom” in villages and forests throughout the Antioch system; in fact, conferences on the East and West Coasts are exciting the senses and shedding dappled sunlight on Early Childhood Education à la Reggio Emilia and 19th century kindergarten (children’s garden) that apply seamlessly to Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. AU alums figure prominently at In Bloom workshops that kicked off last fall in Santa Barbara and continue in May and June with opportunities throughout New England. And they’re leading the national movement toward a Nature-based Early Childhood Education (NbEC) that grafts tech-savvy practitioners to what David Sobel, MEd, coins “the physical, socioemotional, and immersive values of making mud pies.”
“Antioch alumni are naturalizing the fabric of early childhood education,” says Sobel, senior faculty in the Department of Education at Antioch University New England (AUNE). “From Victor, Idaho to midcoast Maine, NbEC students are taking leadership roles.” According to Sobel, nature-based early childhood programs share common aims, namely honoring the primacy of children immersed in nature, and support of self-directed play. And whether NbEC educators work from a mindset of cognitive readiness, or initiative & resilience, whether they intend to bring the outdoors in, or make the forest their permanent classroom, the seeds of resilience, and the roots of empathy, of ownership – and potentially stewardship – of wild places are sprouting within their littlest sprouts.
In America’s heartland, undergraduates in the Bachelor of Arts degree and Early Childhood license at Antioch University Midwest (UAM) follow a program peppered with the wisdom of another time and place. Inspired by the research of a post-war Italian psychologist from the villages surrounding Reggio Emilia, the AUM approach fosters access to the “hundred languages”: the imaginative powers that come so naturally to young children. AUM students graduate with powers, too: tools to integrate the symbolic language of play and support the creative process.
“The Reggio Approach is completely consistent with the values of experiential education we practice at Antioch University,” says Julie Biddle, PhD, Chair of AUM’s Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Advanced Programs in Education. “Children, youth, adults – we all learn better when we’re active rather than passive participants in our education.”
Early childhood education can impact the potential of the village – mentor guide and apprentice alike. According to Biddle, educators in this country are coming around to the value of responding to imaginative play with imagination: “Research demonstrates that providing rich learning and social environments for pre-kindergarteners is a key to healthy brain development and sets the stage for lifelong learning.” Graduates of the Nature-based programs also approach teaching in the woods with boots on the ground – or swinging somewhere slightly above the ground, as any good wood nymph boot might be expected to float.
It does take a village. Early Childhood Education students throughout AU build trust and face ambiguity through reflection, relationships, and reciprocal learning. These same tools serve their young charges in their fearless quests and prepare youngsters up to remain powerful, competent leaders as they face the pressures of the upper grades. By responding to the natural and abundant curiosity of our youngest citizens, AU “village” educators are supporting the growth of strong and confident voices. They are teaching children to trust the Master Builder within.
Turn your passion into purpose by exploring these programs:
- AU Los Angeles’ Education degrees
- AU Midwest’s Master’s of Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education degree
- AU Midwest’s Early Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts degree
- AU Midwest’s graduate certificate in the Reggio Emilia Approach
- AU New England’s Master of Education
- AU New England’s Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate
- AU Santa Barbara’s Mater’s of Art in Education, Nature-based Early Childhood Education
- AU Santa Barbara’s certificate in Nature-based Early Childhood Education
- AU Seattle’s Education degrees