NAME: Carolyn Pope Edwards, EdD
POSITION: Willa Cather Professor and Professor of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Dr. Edwards joined the faculty in 1997. She received her Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University, and she teaches courses in developmental psychology (infancy and early childhood, life span, theories of developmental psychology). Her interests center on social and moral development in cultural context; socialization processes within the family; and international early childhood education. She has conducted research and held research positions at universities in Italy, Norway, and Kenya. She is currently part of the NebraskaMATH project seeking to improve math education throughout the state, and a newly funded second stage of the UNL Getting Ready Project focused on strengthening relationships between parents, their young children, and the children's caregivers and educators.
Dr. Edwards is married to Richard Edwards, Director of the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies, and is the mother of three children. Samuel Holland Edwards is a corporate and securities attorney with the firm of Hollard & Hart in Denver. George Edwards is a software expert witness at Quandary Peak Research in Los Angeles. Rebecca Edwards is a graduate student in the PhD/MD program at Northwestern University in Chicago.
B.A. 1969 (Anthropology), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Ed.D. 1974 (Human Development), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Post-doctoral Fellow 1976-77, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ
Post-doctoral Clinical Intern 1977-79, Worchester Youth Guidance Center, MA
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Outstanding Research and Creativity Award (ORCA)from the University of Nebraska System, in honor of outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance, 2012
Commencement Speaker, UNL Graduate Commencement, May, 2012
Named Fellow in the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies, 2013
Named Willa Cather Professor for Distinguished Service and Creativity at the University of Nebraska, 2003-2008, 2008-2013, 2013-2018
Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award in Social Sciences, UNL College of Arts and Sciences 2005
Distinguished Research/Creative Activity Award, UNL College of Education and Human Sciences 2008
Sally Wysong Award for continuing love, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of all children, from the Lincoln Association for the Education of Young Children, 2010
Lifetime Achievement Award, from the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, 2010
Distinguished Service to Children Award, Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children, 2009
Professor with Great Contribution to Chinese Culture and Education, University of Nebraska Chinese Student and Scholar Association, 2010
Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, 2011 (University-wide distinction)
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES AND EMPLOYMENT:
- 1997-present. University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Departments of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies.
- 1996-1997 Norwegian Centre for Advanced Study, Academy of Sciences and Letters, Oslo. Invited Senior Fellow.
- 1991-1997 University of Kentucky, College of Human Environmental Sciences. Professor of Family Studies.
- 1988 National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy. Visiting Professor of Psychology.
- 1977-1991 University of Massachusetts,Amherst, Asst./Assoc./Full Professor of Education & Lab. School Director.
- 1974-1977 Vassar College, Department of Psychology. Poughkeepsie, NY. Assistant Professor.
- 1972-1973 Child Development Research Unit, University of Nairobi, Kenya. Research Associate.
ADVISORY AND EDITORIAL BOARDS:
- Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
- Early Childhood Research and Practice Journal
- International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education
- Half the Sky Foundation, Hong Kong and Beijing, China, 1999-2011.
- California Preschool Learning Foundations in History/Social Science Expanded Research Consortium, sponsored by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, and WestEd, 2009
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) Working Group, National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2007-2008
- Nebraska Early Childhood Core Competencies Leadership Team, 2006-2008
- Development Committee for the Center for Childhood and Family Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, School of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2007-2008
- Nebraska Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Team. 2004-2006
- The Hundred Languages of Children, Third Edition: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation, edited by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman. Westport, CT: Praeger ABC-CLIO, 2012, 391 pages.
- Extending the Dance in Infant and Toddler Caregiving: Enhancing Attachment and Relationship, by Helen Raikes and Carolyn Pope Edwards. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2009. Selected as a Comprehensive Membership Benefit by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on the Reggio Emilia Educational Diary, edited by Carolyn Edwards and Carlina Rinaldi, in collaboration with Reggio Children. Minneapolis, MN: Redleaf Press, 2008.
- Moral Development: The 51st Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, edited by Gustavo Carlo and Carolyn Pope Edwards. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press: 2005.
- Ngecha: A Kenyan Village in a Time of Rapid Social Change, edited by Carolyn Pope Edwards and Beatrice Blyth Whiting. University of Nebraska Press, 2004
- Ngecha, Kenya, Behavior Observations. Collected by Beatrice Whiting and Research Collaborators in 1968-1972, by Beatrice B. Whiting. Edited by Carolyn Pope Edwards. Compiled by Maria Rosario Tretasco de Guzman. New Haven, CT: Human Relations Area Files Press, CD Rom format, 2003.
- Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant-Toddler Care, edited by Lella Gandini and Carolyn Edwards. Teachers College Press, NY, 2001, 237 pages. Translated into Italian and Portuguese.
- Bambini (Video)
- Early Child Care and Education in Pistoia, Italy, a Child-Friendly City, by Carolyn Pope Edwards, Lella Gandini, Luis Peon-Casanova, and Jim Danielson. Great Plains National, 2003, 30 min.
- The Hundred Languages of Children, Second Edition: The Reggio Emilia Approach, Advanced Reflections, edited by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman. Greenwich, Conn.: Ablex, 1998, 340 pages. Translated into Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Greek, Japanese.
- The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education. (1993). Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman, Eds. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1993. Tr. Italian, Korean, and Dutch.
- Children of Different Worlds: The Formation of Social Behavior. (1988). Beatrice B. Whiting and Carolyn Pope Edwards. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.
- Promoting Social and Moral Development in Young Children: Creative Approaches for the Classroom. (1986). Carolyn Edwards. NY: Teachers College Press.
(2) Recent Refereed Articles:
- Fleharty, H., & Pope-Edwards, C. (2013, in press). Family-school partnerships: Promoting family participation in K-3 teacher professional development. Mathematics Teacher Educator, forthcoming.
- Edwards, C.P., Cline, K. D., Gandini, L., Giacomelli,, A., Giovannini, D., and Galardini, A. (2012, in press). Books, stories, and the imagination at ‘The Nursery Rhyme’: A qualitative case study of the learning environment at an Italian preschool. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.
- Cline, K., & Edwards, C.P. (2012, in press). The instructional and emotional quality of parent-child book reading and Early Head Start children’s learning outcomes. Early Education and Development, forthcoming.
- Cline, K., Edwards, C.P., Gandini, L., Giacomelli, A., Giovannini, D., and Galardini, A. (2012). A day at Filastrocca Preschool, Pistoia, Italy: Meaning making through literacy and creative activity. LEARNing Landscapes, 6(1), Autumn, 2012, 107-128.
- Sheridan, S.M., Knoche, L.L., Kupzyk, K.A., Edwards, C.P., & Marvin, C. (2011). A randomized trial examining the effects of parent engagement on early language and literacy: The Getting Ready Intervention. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 361-383.
- Edwards. C.P., Cotton, J., Zhao, W., & Gelabert, J.M. (2010). Scaling up: Professional development to serve young children in Chinese welfare institutions. Young Children, November, 65(6), 28-31. Special Issue on Lessons Learned from Early Childhood Educators around the Globe.
- Edwards, C. P., and Bloch, M. (2010). The Whitings' concepts of culture and how they have fared in contemporary psychology and anthropology. In C.P. Edwards & T. Weisner, Guest Editors, Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology, Special Issue, The Legacy of Beatrice and John Whiting for Cross-Cultural Research, Vol. 41, No. 4.
- Knoche, L. L., Sheridan, S. M., Edwards, C.P., & Osborn, A. Q. (2010). Implementation of a relationship-based school readiness intervention: A multidimensional approach to fidelity measurement for early childhood. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25(3), 299-313.
- Sheridan, S. M., Knoche, L. L., Edwards, C. P., Bovaird, J. A., & Kupzyk, K. A. (2010). Parent engagement and school readiness: Effects of the Getting Ready Intervention on preschool children's social-emotional competencies. Early Education and Development, 21, 125-156.
- Sheridan, S. M., Edwards, C. P., Marvin, C., & Knoche, L. L. (2009). Professional development in early childhood programs: Process issues and research needs. Early Education and Development, Special Issue on Professional Development in Early Childhood: Empirical Findings from the Interagency School Readiness Consortium, 20, 377-401.
- Brown, J.R., Knoche, L.L., Edwards, C.P., & Sheridan, S.M. (2009). Professional development to support parent engagement: A case study of early childhood practitioners. Early Education and Development, Special Issue on Professional Development in Early Childhood: Empirical Findings from the Interagency School Readiness Consortium, 20, 482-506.
- Edwards, C.P., Hart, T., Rasmussen, K., Haw, Y.M., & Sheridan, S. (2009). Promoting parent partnership in Head Start: A qualitative case study of teacher documents from a school readiness intervention project. Early Childhood Services, Special issue on Managing Young Children's Behavior, 3(4), 301-322.
- Sheridan, S.M., Marvin, C., Knoche, L., & Edwards, C.P. (2008). Getting Ready: Promoting school readiness through a relationship-based partnership model. In Innocenti, M., Guest Editor, Early Childhood Services, Special Issue on Young Children's Relationships, 2(3), 149-172.
- De Guzman, M. R. T., Carlo, G., & Edwards, C. P. (2008). Prosocial behaviors in context: Examining the role of children's social companions. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32(6), 538-546.
- Edwards, C.P., Churchill, S., Gabriel, M., Heaton, R., Jones-Branch, J., Marvin, C., & Rupiper, M. (2007). Students learn about documentation throughout their training program. Early Childhood Research and Practice, Fall, 10(2).
- Carlo, G., & Edwards, C.P. (2007). Once more with feeling: Recent progress in the study of moral development. Book review of Handbook of Moral Development, ed. by Melanie Killen and Judith Smetana. The American Journal of Psychology, Winter 2007, 120(4), 682-687.
- Liu, W. & Edwards, C. (2007). The survey on knowledge and attitudes toward sexuality education for adolescents from parents in urban areas in China. China Youth Study, 5, 48-52. (In Chinese).
- Cotton, J., Edwards, C.P., Zhao, W., and Gelabert, J.M. (2007). Nurturing care for China's orphaned children. Young Children, November, 62(6),58-62.
- Sheridan, S. M., Clarke, B. L., Knoche, L., and Edwards, C.P. (2006). The effects of conjoint behavioral consultation in early childhood settings. Early Education and Development, 17(4), 593-617.
- Knoche, L., Peterson, K., Edwards, C.P., & Jeon, H.J. (2006, in press). Childcare services for children with and without disabilities: The provider, observer, and parent perspectives. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 21(1), 93-109.
- De Guzman, M.R.T., Edwards, C.P. & Carlo, G. (2005). Prosocial behaviors in context: A study of the Gikuyu children of Ngecha, Kenya. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 26(2005), 542-558.
- Edwards, C. P. (2006). Montessori's education and its scientific basis (2006). Book review of Montessori: The science behind the genius, by Angeline Stoll Lillard. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 27(2), March-April, 2006, pp. 183-187.
- Youngquist, J., with Edwards, C.P. & Heaton, R. (2005). Collaboration as a foundation for the project approach in a family childcare. Young Children, 60(3), 93-99.
- Edwards, C.P. & Ha, Y. (2005). The effects of parent attachment, socioeconomic status, and perspective-taking on early adolescents' prosocial behavior towards parents and siblings. Korean Journal of Psychological and Social Issues, 11(1), 43-57. (In Korean)
- Kumru, A., Carlo, G. and Edwards, C. P. (2004). Relational, cultural, cognitive, and affective predictors of prosocial behaviors Turkish Journal of Psychology (T�rk Psikoloji Dergisi), 2004, 19(54), 109-128. (In Turkish).
- Jones-Branch, J.A., Torquati, J.C., Raikes, H., & Edwards, C.P. (2004). Child care subsidy and quality. Early Education and Development, 15(3), 327-341.
- Aukrust, V., Edwards, C.P., Kumru, A., Knoche, L, & Kim, M. (2004). Young children's extended relationships in school: Parental ethnotheories in four communities, in Norway, United States, Turkey, and Korea. International Journal of Behavior Development.
- Edwards, C.P. (2003). "Fine Designs" from Italy: Montessori Education and the Reggio Emilia Approach. Montessori Life: Journal of the American Montessori Society, 15(1), 33-38.
- Edwards, C.P. (2002). Evolving questions and comparative perspectives in cultural/historical research. Human Development, 171, 307-312.
- Edwards, C.P. (2002). Three approaches from Europe: Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia. Early Childhood Research and Practice[Online], 4(1).
- Edwards, C.P. & Raikes, H. (2002). Extending the dance: Relationship-based approaches to infant-toddler care and education. Young Children, 57(4),10-17.
- Weisner, T., & Edwards, C.P. (2002). Introduction to the special issue honoring Beatrice Whiting. Ethos: The Journal of Psychological Anthropology, 29(3), 1-8.
(3) Recent Invited Chapters:
- Edwards, C.P. (2014). Children of Different Worlds and its Contributions to Policy Driven Research. In M. Cameron Hayes (Ed.), Methods that Matter: Anthropological and Mixed Methods to Inform Real World Policies and Expand Collective Knowledge.
- Edwards, C.P. Ren, L., & Brown, J. (2014). Early Contexts of Learning: Families, Siblings, and Child Care Institutions. In L. Jensen (Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Human Development and Culture: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Edwards, C.P. (2014). Diversity in Parenting and the Effects of Family-School Partnerships. In S. M. Sheridan & E. M. Kim (Eds.), Research on Family-School Partnerships: An Interdisciplinary Examination of State of the Science and Critical Needs. Vol. III: Family-School Partnerships in Context. Springer Publications.
- Edwards, C.P. (2011). Commentary, "Do you want to rough and tumble?" In D. Fernie, S. Madrid, & R. Kantor, R. (eds.), Educating Toddlers to Teachers (pp. 31-35). Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press.
- Edwards, C.P., Sheridan, S.M., & Knoche, L. (2010). Parent-child relationships in early learning. In E. Baker, P. Peterson, & B. McGaw (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education, Volume 5, pp. 438-443. Oxford, England: Elsevier.
- McIntyre, M., & Edwards, C.P. (2009). The early development of gender differences. In Annual Review of Anthropology, 38, 83-97. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Reviews.
- Edwards, C.P. (2009). Whiting, Beatrice B[lythe]. Biographical entry for R. A. Shweder, T. R. Bidell, A.C. Dailey, S.D. Dixon, P.J. Miller, and J. Modell (eds.). The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (pp. 1034-1035). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Edwards, C.P., & Wang. C. (2009). Gender: Historical and cultural perspectives. Essay entry for R. A. Shweder, T. R. Bidell, A.C. Dailey, S.D. Dixon, P.J. Miller, and J. Modell (eds.). The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion (pp. 393-398). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Parental ethnotheories of child development: Looking beyond independence and individualism in American beliefs. (2006). In U. Kim (Ed.), Scientific Advances in Indigenous Psychologies: Philosophical, Cultural, and Empirical Contributions. New York: Kluewer Plenum/Academic Press, International and Cultural Psychology Series. With Lisa Knoche, Vibeke Aukrust, Asiye Kumru, and Misuk Kim.,
- Children's social behaviors and peer interactions in diverse cultures. (2006). In X. Chen, D. French, & Barry, Schneider (Eds.) Peer relations in cultural context. New York: Cambridge University Press, Studies in Social and Emotional Development. With Maria de Guzman, Jill Brown, and Asiye Kumru.
- Moral development in the 21st century. (2005). In G. Carlo and C.P. Edwards (Eds.), Moral development. The Nebraska Symposium on Motivation, Vol. 51. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, pp ix to xxvi.
- Children's play in cross-cultural perspective: A new look at the Six Culture Study. (2005). In F.R. McMahon, D. Lytle, and B. Sutton-Smith, & D. Lytle (Eds.), Play: An Interdisciplinary Synthesis. Play and Culture Studies, Vol.6 (pp. 81-96). Lanham, MD University Press of America.
- Socialization of boys and girls. (2004). In C.R. Ember & M. Ember (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender in the World's Cultures (pp.34-41). Kluwer/Plenum and Human Relations Area Files. With Lisa Knoche & Asiye Kumru.
- Caregiving through a relationship lens. (2004). In J. Hendrick (Ed.), Next steps toward teaching the Reggio way: Accepting the challenge to change (pp. 114-121). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
- The Half the Sky program philosophy. When East meets West. Making the programs your own. Documentation and how it works. Creating a project. In K. Evans (Ed.), For the children: Half the Sky Foundation's guide to infant nurture and preschool education in China's social welfare institutions. Berkeley, CA: Half the Sky Foundation, 2003.
- Parenting toddlers. (2002). In M. L. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting, Second Edition. Vol. I: Children and Parenting (pp. 45-72). Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (With Wenli Liu).
- Play patterns and gender. (2001). In J. Worrell (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Gender (pp. 809-815). San Diego: Academic. With Lisa Knoche and Asiye Kumru).
- Research as a partnership for learning together: Studying the growth of relationships inside the nido. (2001). In L. Gandini & C.P. Edwards (Eds.), Bambini: Italian Experiences of Infant and Toddler Care (pp. 181-199). New York: Teachers College Press. (With Lella Gandini).
- Culturally Sensitive Assessment of Young Children Birth to Age Five. In L.C. Mayes and W. Gilliam (Eds.), Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment of Young Children, Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company, 1999 (pp. 409-424). With Asiye Kumru.
- The company they keep: Suggestive evidence from cultural studies. In S. Braten (Ed.), Intersubjective Communication and Emotion in Early Ontogeny. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press (1999, 166-183).
- Broad changes during the preschool years. (1998). In E.V. Nuttall, I. Romero, & J. Kalesnik (Eds.), Assessing and Screening Preschoolers: Psychological, Social, and Educational Dimensions, Second Edition. Newton, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon, pp. 9-24.
- Morality and change: Family unity and paternal authority among Kipsigis and Abaluyia elders and students. (1997). In T.S. Weisner, C. Bradley, & P.Kilbride (Eds.) African Families and the Crisis of Social Change (pp. 79-142). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
- NebraskaMATH Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy. Key Leader. Sherwood Foundation and Lozier Foundation, in partnership with the Omaha Public School District. 5/1/2012 - 7/31/2015. ($5,455,811). With Wendy Smith, PI, Jim Lewis, and Ruth Heaton.
- Efficacy of the Getting Ready Intervention at Supporting Parental Engagement and Positive Outcomes for Preschool Children at Educational Risk. Co-PI. Institute of Education Sciences. 7/01/2012-6/30/2016. ($3,170,411). With Sue Sheridan, PI, and Lisa Knoche.
Instructional and Emotional Quality of Parent-Child Book-Reading and Early Head Start Children's Learning Outcomes. PI. United States HHS, ACF, Head Start Bureau Graduate Student Research Grants. 9/30/2008 through 9/29/2010. ($50,000). (With Keely Cline).
- NEBRASKA MATH. Co-PI. United States National Science Foundation Targeted Math-Science Partnerships. 1/1/2009 through 12/31/2013. ($9,235,407).
- Rural Language and Literacy Connections (Rural LLC). Key Personnel. United States DOE Early Reading First. 10/1/2007 through 7/31/2010 ($2,812,404).
- The Role of Tribal Child Care Programs in Serving Children Birth to Five, PI. United States HHS, Adminstration for Children, Youth and Families under the Child Care Bureau discretionary grant program for Child Care Research Scholars. 9/30/2005 through 9/29/2007. ($50,000). (With Linda Willis).
- The Power of Documentation: Children's Learning Revealed, PI. Cooper Foundation, Lincoln, NE, and co-sponsors Susan A. Buffett Foundation, Lincoln Children's Museum, Nebraska Department of Education, Nebraska Early Childhood Training Center, Nebraska Head Start-State Collaboration Office, and the College of Education and Human Sciences University of Nebraska. 12/15/2005 through 12/31/2006 (total project $27,500).
- Midwest Child Care Research Consortium: Quality Rating Systems. Co-PI on Nebraska Team. United States Field Initiated Childcare Research HHS-2004-ACF-ACYF-YE-0020. 10/1/2004 through 9/30/2007. ($1,200,000).
- Parent Engagement and Child Learning Birth to Five, Co-I. NIMH HD-03-003 Effectiveness of Early Childhood Programs, Curricula, and Interventions in School Readiness. 9-26-03 through 9-25-08. ($5,000,090.00)
- Learning Outcomes for Head Start Children: Child Care Quality and Social Knowledge. PI. United States HHS, ACF, Head Start Bureau Student Research Grants ACF/ACYF/HS-HSGS 9-30-2003 through 9-29-2004. ($19,035). (With PhD student, Lisa Knoche).
- Learning Outcomes for Low Income Children: Child Care Quality and Social Knowledge. PI. United States HHS, ACF, Child Care Bureau Research Scholarship Grants. ACYF-PA-CCB-2003-02 90YE0059/01. 9/30/2003 through 9/29/2005 ($27,000). (With Lisa Knoche).
- Planning a Center for the Study of Children's Development in Relationships, Co-PI. National Science Foundation Children's Research Initiative. 2001-2002. ($90,335).
- Building an Early Childhood Education Unified Endorsement Program for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, PI. Nebraska Department of Education, SCRIPT Grant 1999-2000. Planning Phase ($15,000). 2000-2001 Development & Implementation Phase ($36,000). 2001-2002 Implementation Phase ($50,000). 2002-2004 Sustaining Phase ($50,000). Total $151,000.
- Midwest Child Care Research Consortium (Region 7), Co-PI on Nebraska component. United States Department of Health and Human Services, Child Care Bureau, and Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri. 2000-2003. $40,000 for Nebraska component.
- Generations of Families: Photographic Exhibition for a City-Wide Initiative. PI. American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1995 Competititive Awards Program Massachusetts Avenue Grants ($5,000).
- The Young Child as a Social Philosopher, PI. Mina Shaughnessy Scholar. National Institute of Education FIPSE Award, 1983-1985 ($20,500).
- University of Massachusetts Infant Day Care Center, PI. Nannie Van Cleve-Roberta Collard Foundation. 1980-1991. Total $275,700.
- Institute for Parent-Professional Partnerships (IP3): Promoting the Competence of Young Children and Their Families, PI. Strategic Research Cluster Grant for 2005-2007, through the Vice Chancellor for Research, UNL. ($50,000). 7/1/2005-6/30/2007.
- "FACS 170 Introduction to Early Care and Education: A Three Year Analysis and Peer Review of College Teaching and Learning," UNL Advanced Peer Review Project, 2005-2006.
- "Exploring new worlds: UNL Students and faculty exploring Italy together." Poster from the Reggio Emilia Student-Faculty Study Tour, February, 2005.
- "Beyond Words: Teachers Learning Through Visual-Spatial Exploration": Consultation with First-Plymouth Early Education Programs, Lincoln, Nebraska"
- A Consortium for Collaborative Inquiry: Documentation, Standards, and Technology in Early Childhood Teacher Education, PI. Faculty Seed Grant Proposal for 2003-2004 ($35,000) through the National Center for Information Technology in Education (NCITE), at UNL. U.S. Department of Education #P116Z010071. 8/27/2003-6/30/2004.
- A Woman's Conception of Relationship with God, PI. UCARE grant for Katie Taylor, 2004-2005. ($2400).
- Longterm Effects of Lincoln�s Head Start Programs, PI. UCARE grants for Kendra Woodburn and Katie Taylor, 2003-2004. ($1,344).
- Early childhood teacher beliefs in Korea and the United States, PI. UNL Research Council Faculty Seed Grant, 2003-2004. ($10,000).
- Visiting Scholar Grant for Professor Jingbo Liu of Nanjing Normal University. PI. UNL Research Council. 2002. ($800).
- "Children of Different Worlds and Its Contributions to Policy Driven Research.” Invited presentation for a conference on “Psychological Anthropology and Methods that Matter: Anthropological and Mixed Methods to Understand Contemporary Social Issues and Inform Real World.” Miami University (Ohio), sponsored by the Lemelson/SPA Conference Fund. September 19-21, 2013.
- “Filastrocca Preschool in Pistoia, Italy: Books, Storytelling and Imagination for Children, Families, and the Community.” Invited presentation for working conference on “Learning In and Out of School: Education Across the Globe. University of Notre Dame, May 22-23, 2012.
- "The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation: Change and Continuity." Keynote address and workshop for Mirrors Way—Israel Journey Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel, December 4-5, 2011.
- “Stories of Infants and Toddlers” and “100 Languages of Children.” Keynote and plenary addresses in Conference on “A Child’s Right to Participation,” Google Children’s Centers, Mountain View, California, May 20-21, 2011.
- “The Worldwide Inspiration of Italian Approaches to Infant and Toddler Education.” Keynote address and workshop at the 2011 Early Education Symposium, hosted by the Jiangsu Institute of Educational Science, Nanjing, China, May 25, 2011.
- “Parent Participation in Early Childhood Services: Lessons from the USA.” Invited lecture for a course for early childhood teachers sponsored by the European Union and the Minister of Labor and Social Politics of the Region of Toscana, Italy, “Promuovere la famiglie nei servizi per l’infanzia” (“To Suppport Families in the Services for Young Children”). Montecatini Terme, Italy, March 4, 2011.
- “Early Relationships with Adults that Engage Learning and Development.” Invited lecture, Municipal Early Childhood Programs, Pistoia, Italy. March 8, 2011.
- “Parents as Constructive Partners in Early Childhood Education.” Keynote address, annual conference of the Association for Constructivist Teachers, Chicago, October 22-23, 2010.
- “A Long and Meaningful Relationship.” Invited seminar, annual conference of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Chicago, June 24-25, 2010.
- “A Long and Meaningful Relationship.” Invited seminar for pedagogical coordinators of the city and region as part of the in depth (international) professional development week on “Documentation and Assessment: What Kind of Relationship?” Reggio Emilia, Italy, October 18-23, 2009. With Lella Gandini and George Forman.
- “Per Laura: Conversatione con Carolyn Edwards e Carla Rinaldi.” Invited evening of exhange and reflections to celebrate the book, The Diary of Laura, at Nido Arcobaleno, Reggio Emilia, Italy, October 20, 2009. With Carla Rinaldi.
- “Relationships Matter: The Heart of Inspired Early Childhood Education. Conversations with Carolyn Pope Edwards.” Invited keynote speaker and instructor for summer course in the masters program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. July 13-16, 2009
- Documentation Diary Pages: A Creative Strategy for Early Years Teachers." Invited keynote speaker for early childhood conference, Curriculum for Excellence -- A Creative Curriculum, sponsored by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in collaboration with Learning and Teaching Scotland, April 24-25, 2009.
- "On to Digitopolis: Promoting Better Math Education for Young Children," in Demonstrating the Link between Early Childhood Research, Practice, and Policy. Invited speaker for symposium sponsored by the Office of Applied Research, National Association for the Education of Young Children, at the NAEYC annual conference, Dallas, Texas, November 6, 2008.
- Good Childhoods For All Our Children. Distinguished faculty university lecture. 2008 President's Club Recognition Event, University of Nebraska, May 8 , 2008.
- "The Diary of Laura: Perspectives on the Reggio Educational Diary." Plenary speaker at the Reggio Emilia Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, February 8-10, 2008.
- �Beginnings and endings in early childhood education.� Keynote speaker at the Fall Institute Series 2007, Preschool of the Arts, Madison, Wisconsin, October, 2007.
- �Learning to become teachers through observing and documenting young children in the classroom. Invited lecture to the College of Education, Beijing Normal University, China, September, 2007.
- �The Diary of Laura: A child�s first weeks in the infant/toddler center.� Plenary speaker at the Conference of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Calgary, Ontario, Canada, August, 2006.
- �Relationships: A new emphasis in early childhood education.� Fresno Infant and Toddler Regional Consortium annual conference, Relationships: Keystone to Early Learning. Fresno, California: April, 2006.
- �Digital documental: Identifying the competence of children without testing.� Preconference Day for the Annual Conference of the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children, Omaha, Nebraska, April, 2006. With George Forman.
- "Showing that early childhood education works: Lessons from Italy, China, and the USA." Student Research Conference Keynote Address, UNL College of Education and Human Sciences, November, 2005.
- �Now really dance: Relationship-based programs for infants, toddlers, and families.� Infant-Toddler Specialists of Indiana Institute. Bloomington, IN, September, 2005.
- "The Contribution of Social Partnership and Activity Settings to the Emergence of Sex Differences." Roundtable on the Emergence of Sex Differences in Early Childhood, sponsored by the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women and the Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, Providence RI, November, 2004.
- �Introduction to the Half the Sky Reggio and Chinese Combined Approach to the Care of Infants and Young Children.� Half the Sky 5th Anniversary Conference, Hefei, China, November, 2003.
- �Reggio Emilia: A welcoming approach in many contexts.� Saber 2003, �Tradition or renewal: Possible Acquaintance? Congress of the Union of the Educational Establishments in the State of Sao Paolo, Brazil, September, 2003.
- �Why Relationships Matter: The Context of Caring for Early Development.� Culture of Childhood Early Childhood Summer Symposium, Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education, Breckenridge, Colorado. July, 2003.
- Early Childhood Institute �The Culture of Childhood in Kansas City.� Kansas City, May, 2003. University of Missouri�Kansas City.
- Conference on Care and Education at the Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea, 2002.
- 2001 Scientific Advances in Indigenous Psychologies: Empirical, Philosophical, and Cultural Contributions, October, University of Teipei, Taiwan.
- 2000 National Head Start Child Development Institute, �Ensuring Quality and Accountability Through Leadership.� Washington, D.C.
- 2000 International conference on Basic Education and Teachers Education, sponsored by the Education Commission of Jiangsu Province and Nanjing Normal University, People's Republic of China, Nanjing.
- 1998 International conference on "Second Theory Forum on Mutual Understanding," co-sponsored by the University of Crete and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters."
REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
Society for Research in Child Development
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Society for Cross Cultural Research
International Congress of Cross Cultural Psychology
Society for Research on Adolescence
International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development
National Council on Family Relations
European Conference on Developmental Psychology
National Head Start Research Conference
Child Care Policy Research Consortium
National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
American Educational Research Association