Albuquerque Remembers Preschool Teacher as a Gentle Giant

Reviewed by Mary McLaughlin, M.S. SpEd It has been more than a decade since Gretchen Haase retired as a preschool teacher from Portales Preschool in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but that doesn’t diminish the loss felt from her recent passing. Haase’s six-foot …

Famed Early Childhood Educator Stresses the Need for Play

Reviewed by Mary McLaughlin, M.S. SpEd Erika Christakis stresses the importance of play during preschool education in her new book The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups.    Christakis shared her insights with YaleNews in an interview before …

Should Preschool Teachers Be Required to be Bilingual?

Reviewed by Mary McLaughlin, M.S. SpEd Over half of the students in California’s two largest public school systems speak a language other than English at home. These two systems, which serve around a quarter of the state’s children, do not require …