EdsUp!

EdsUp!

EdsUp! is a podcast all about children and those who care for them. Produced by the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Cathy Grace and Dr. Kenya Wolfe provide wit, wisdom and enthusiasm as they explore education and public policy issues with practical advice for parents, teachers and decision-makers. Each podcast will feature in-depth interviews about a wide range of issues ranging from parenting tips to the economic benefits of investments in high-quality education programs for young children. Myths that have guided decisions about the education, care and development of young children for years will be exposed. Public policies and the resulting consequences for children and families will be discussed. Listeners will find the stories of famous and not-so-famous people to be inspiring and entertaining as they hear how childhood experiences shaped the adult lives of guests in predictable as well as unexpected ways. Each episode will include no-nonsense conversation about how to give children the best possible start in life. Thoughtful—we think so. Informative—we know so. Engaging—absolutely!

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September 25, 2022 35 min
EdsUp! speaks with Dr. Rosemarie Allen, the Founder, President, and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence. She also serves as an Associate Professor for Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her life’s work is on ensuring equity for historically marginalized communities, especially young children and their families.
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We talk with Jake Rudisill, Early Learning Channel Manager at Pitsco (https://www.pitsco.com/) about STEM (and expanded programs), ways to integrate methods into children's education outside of the classroom and so much more!
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We speak with Kathy Thornburg, Ph.D.: Dr. Thornburg has over 50 years’ experience in education, including teaching early childhood and policy courses at the Universities of Kentucky and Missouri, directing programs serving children from 6 weeks of age through 4th grade, and conducting state and national research projects. She has published over 100 referred journal articles. Currently she is working to adapt Military Child Developm...
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We interview Dr. Valora Washington, an internationally recognized authority in early childhood education, she is known for conceptualizing, leading, and executing significant change initiatives impacting policy, programs, and practice in higher education, philanthropy, and national nonprofits. She currently serves as the CEO of the CAYL Institute. During her decade tenure as CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition, Dr. Wash...
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Listen to our talk with Dr. Mariana Souto-Manning, who became Erikson’s 5th President in September 2021. Mariana has served as professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University and held additional academic appointments at the University of Iceland and King’s College London. Committed to the pursuit of justice in early childhood teaching and teacher education, Mariana’s research centers the lives, values, and experienc...
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We talk with Adam Alson, a third-generation grain farmer from Rensselaer. He holds an undergraduate economics degree from the University of Chicago and worked as a bond trader for Bank of America in New York City before returning home to run the family farm in 2011. In 2020, Adam and his wife, Carlee Tressel Alson, founded the nonprofit Appleseed Childhood Education to address the shortage of early childhood education programming a...
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We talk with Joan Lombardi, Ph.D., a Senior Scholar at the Center for Child and Human Development at Georgetown University and Director of Early Opportunities LLC. Over the past 50 years Joan has made significant contributions in the areas of child and family policy as an innovative leader and policy advisor to national and international organizations and foundations and as a public servant. Her work focuses on young children, fam...
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December 28, 2021 20 min
EdsUp! talks with Dr. Allen Pratt, the executive director of the National Rural Education Association. He has served in this role for several years. The focus of his work is providing a unified voice for rural schools and communities. His work in the past has been in the areas of workforce development, school reform, professional learning communities, and rural education initiatives.
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November 24, 2021 23 min
We talk with Dr. Bonnie Zucker, a licensed psychologist and director of Bonnie Zucker & Associates in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD in children, teens, and adults. Bonnie is the author of several books, including Anxiety-Free Kids, Take Control of OCD, and Something Very Sad Happened: A toddler’s guide to understanding death.
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September 14, 2021 27 min
Hear our conversation with Dr. Dan Wuori, Senior Director of Early Learning at The Hunt Institute and oversees The Institute’s early childhood supports to state elected and administrative policymakers across the nation. A former kindergarten teacher and school district administrator, Dan served as the Deputy Director of South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness – the state’s comprehensive, public-private early learning initiat...
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Carol Garhart (Mooney) began her teaching career in the inner city of Richmond, Virginia. She volunteered in 1965 at the first trial run of Head Start Programs in Washington, DC. Later, Carol worked for nearly 15 years for Head Start programs in New Hampshire, and supervised both student and practicing educators for more than 25 years. Carol received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching at Granite State College, was twice ...
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Our guest is Dr. Thomas Moore, nationally recognized as an early childhood consultant, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and children’s recording artist. He has given more than 800 speeches and workshops in the United States and abroad. From a keynote address to 1,200 K-12 teachers at Harvard University, to teacher-training workshops in Denmark, Italy, Germany, and Nigeria.
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EdsUp! talks with Dr. Abby Lane, Senior Research Associate/Prenatal-to-3 Policy Clearinghouse Team Lead, LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, about policy and funding programs for Early Childhood. Contact: pn3policy@austin.utexas.edu
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EdsUp! talks with Steve Gross, M.S.W., the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a non-profit that spreads the power optimism to kids who need it most. Steve’s signature approach has been widely adapted across the country and throughout the world in response to the social and emotional needs of children deeply impacted by poverty, violence and illness. In addition to his work in the social sector, Steve ...
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March 4, 2021 30 min
We talk with Dr. David Hill, an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine, a pediatric hospitalist in Goldsboro, NC, and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council Management Committee. He is the immediate past chair of the AAP Council on Communication and Media, Associate Medical Editor of Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro, and...
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Listen to or download our conversation with Pedro A. Noguera, the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author, co-author and editor of 13 books. Prior to being appointed Dean of the USC ...
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EdsUp! talks with Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., a Research Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Fellow at FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-CH after her 3-plus years as Chief Research Innovation Officer and Director of The Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation at HighScope Educational Research Foundation.
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EdsUp! talks with Raymond C. Pierce, President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation, where he leads the organization’s historic mission of advancing educational opportunities for African American and low-income students in the southern states. Since joining SEF in January 2018, Pierce has focused the organization on policy research, education legislation and leadership development. SEF has also launched a workforce developm...
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We talk with Camille Catlett, a consultant based in Carrboro NC. In her years in the early childhood field, she held positions in public school, professional association, federal government, and higher education settings. Camille currently supports early intervention and early childhood colleagues through technical assistance, research, presentations, writing, and product development.
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Janet Lansbury is a former actress and model who is now a parent educator, author, and speaker who takes a proven approach to dealing with young children that is based on the science of brain development. Trained by renowned infant expert Magda Gerber, Janet is the author of two books, No Bad Kids and Elevating Child Care, hosts a very popular podcast, Unruffled, and supports parents worldwide through her website, JanetLansbury.co...
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