With over 40 years’ experience in early childhood education, Ellen is the founder and executive director of Boulder Journey School, an innovative school for young children in Boulder, Colorado. She is adjunct faculty and executive director of the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program, created by Boulder Journey School in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and the University of Colorado Denver. The Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program offers candidates a teaching licence in early childhood education and a master’s degree in education and human development.
Ellen’s book, Seen and Heard: Children’s Rights in Early Childhood Education, (2011, Teachers College Press), written with J. Rudkin, is profoundly influencing educators’ views of children’s participation in their communities. She presents and consults nationally and internationally on topics that include children’s rights, supportive social learning, educational leadership, teacher education, and social constructivist learning.
Ellen is co-founder and vice president of Videatives, a web-based educational resource company. She is co-leader of the Working Group on Children’s Rights and a member of the International Advisory Group of the World Forum Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska as well as serving on the boards of numerous educational establishments and organisations across the USA.
In this podcast, Ellen passionately discusses her work at Boulder Journey school, from starting off with just one child to now educating over 200 children! We discuss how Reggio and other practices have influenced her school. Ellen also discusses the importance of the community and the family within her setting. In describing Boulder’s impressive teacher training programme, Ellen also speaks from the heart about key values and the rights of the child. Ellen was also central to the groundbreaking filming of the Children’s Voices documentary project. I am delighted to share that Laura Henry Consultancy will be screening the first UK version of this.
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