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EPSY 8800: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood: Engaging in Community

EPSY 8800: Special Topics in School Psychology:
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood: Engaging with Community


Taught by Dr. Amy Susman-Stillman and Dr. Karla Buerkle
Wednesdays, bi-weekly, 12:20 - 2:15pm
Classroom TBA

This seminar will focus on early childhood issues identified by the scientific and practicing early childhood community as critical to best practice service delivery, discussed within an ecological perspective. Using community sites as learning laboratories and community professionals as contributors, we will encourage critical discourse to promote the application of creative and research-based strategies to best support young children and their families. This 1-credit seminar will meet every other week and incorporate field trips to diverse early childhood sites to enhance community engagement and application of knowledge to practice. Course content will include a focus on current early childhood systems, and the critical interplay between the community and the University in building and extending best practices and effective policies. Students will write reaction papers following off-site field trips and will be encouraged to pursue an early childhood topic of their own interest. They will co-lead, with peers and/or community professionals, class presentations to share their work.

For questions please contact the instructors at asusman@umn.edu and buerk001@umn.edu.