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. Melody Musgrove 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!

Episodes

April 6, 2021 22 min
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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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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A wonderful conversation with Heather Martin! Heather is the statewide Vroom® coordinator for the Child Health Development Project also known as Mississippi Thrive! Heather has spent the past 16 years working primarily in early childhood and teaching in public schools in Northeast Mississippi. Everyone has what it takes to help nurture their child's mind. Vroom® turns everyday moments with your child into brain building momen...
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EdsUp! talks with Dr. Libby Doggett, who has over 40 years of leadership and management experience in schools, Head Start, and child care and is currently working to build public support and strong, diverse local coalitions to improve children’s readiness for kindergarten in Texas. She served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning at the US Department of Education where she provided birth to age eight expe...
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EdsUp! talks with Jackie Mader, Social Media Editor for The Hechinger Report [https://hechingerreport.org/] about parenting a young child with special needs and teaching issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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EdsUp! talks with Dr. Becky A. Bailey, an award-winning author, renowned teacher and internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. Conscious Discipline has impacted an estimated 20M children. A pioneer in social and emotional learning, Dr. Bailey has a proven track record of success spanning more than 30 years. Discussing "Teaching At Home" during the pandemic and more, this podcast...
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EdsUp! talks with Dr. Shu-Chen "Jenny" Yen, (as of this recording) an associate professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies, California State University, Fullerton. She has written "Something Strange Happened in My City", a social story about the coronavirus pandemic for children and parents. Find the free digital copy of this book and Dr. Yen's contact information on the NACYE website at https...
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April 30, 2020 19 min
EdsUp! talks with Lucy Recio, NAEYC Senior Analyst, Public Policy and Advocacy, concerning Census 2020. With the Coronavirus Pandemic creating a multitude of issues, some ideas and solutions are presented in this podcast. Access the resources mentioned in this episode at https://countallkids.org/
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February 7, 2020 40 min
EdsUp! talks with Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington. She's internationally recognized for her research on early language and brain development, and studies that show how young children learn. Download and enjoy this interesting conversation!
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February 3, 2020 19 min
Dr. Jerlean Daniel is a former Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest organization of early childhood education professionals and is constantly involved in efforts to support and strengthen our children, families, and communities. Equalizing opportunities to learn is a foundation of Dr. Daniel's work.
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January 20, 2020 23 min
Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel co-directed (with Danny Alpert from Kindling Group) No Small Matter, the first feature documentary to explore the power and potential impact of early childhood education. Completed in late 2018, No Small Matter has been moving the needle on the issue at a national scale through hundreds of screenings and an ambitious impact campaign. Listen to Greg's insight on the film, and how to set up a viewing f...
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December 26, 2019 18 min
In Episode 15, EdsUp! talks with Lindsay E. Jones, the President and CEO of NCLD, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals with learning disabilities and attention issues. Lindsay has been with NCLD for over 5 years and previously served as NCLD’s Vice President, Chief Policy & Advocacy Officer. In that role, she designed and implemented NCLD’s legislative strategy in Washingto...
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December 12, 2019 20 min
Dr. Ed Greene shares stories, thoughts and opinions on technology and it's effect on early learning. Episode 14 is a humorous and thoughtful discussion, taking place at a NAYCE conference (explaining any background noise you may hear). Download and enjoy this podcast, and follow us on https://www.facebook.com/EdsUpPodcast
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November 30, 2019 19 min
From the EdsUp! Interview Archive, we talk with Cindy Oser, well-respected nationally as a leader in the field of early childhood development and recognized for her work in comprehensive birth-5 service delivery systems; maternal-child health; infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) and early intervention; and federal and state early childhood policy. Ms. Oser has nearly 40 years of experience focused on improving health a...
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October 18, 2019 33 min
EdsUp! spoke with Dan Habib, an American documentary film director, producer, and cinematographer based in Concord, New Hampshire. His award-winning films on disability-related topics include Who Cares About Kelsey?, Including Samuel, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, and Intelligent Lives. In 2014, he was named a member of the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities by the Obama administration...
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