Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634

Oct. 7, 2002                                                       

Reference: 02/03:20                                                                
Contact:  Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216 

Whittier College Professor is Conference Keynote Speaker

          Judith Wagner, professor of child development and education at Whittier College, will be the keynote speaker for the annual regional conference of the Southern California Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC) at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. 

          Her topic will be  “Active Learning Environments: An Open Window to Knowledge.”  The conference is open to early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of services for young children—infants through grade 3—and their families.

          Since 1984 Wagner has directed the Broadoaks Children’s School at Whittier College, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected demonstration schools.

          She chaired the California Department of Education’s Early Education Coordinating Committee and the subcommittee on Developmentally Appropriate Practices. She was a Rockefeller Scholar for advanced study of constructivist approaches in preschool through sixth grade at the High/Scope Education Research Foundation and currently is on leave from Whittier as a Fulbright Scholar. 

          As a Fulbright Scholar, Wagner will live in Denmark next spring and teach courses in psychology and education at Denmark’s University of Education in addition to continuing a research project on the well-being of immigrant children in newly integrating European societies.

          Wagner holds credentials in preschool, elementary and secondary education, and has taught at all levels, from preschool to university.  She earned an M.A. in education from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in child development and teacher education from the University of Pittsburgh.

          Wagner’s talk will be followed by workshops and exhibits directed toward early childhood program directors, administrators, teachers, family child-care providers, child development instructors and other child and family specialists.  The program ends at 3 p.m.

          SCAEYC was formed to encourage the study, interpretation and improvement of education and general well-being for young children and to encourage the improvement and educational opportunities for teachers.

        Information regarding the conference and registration is available from Laura Fox, SCAEYC office administrator,  at (562) 696-2143, or by e-mail at laura.fox3@verizon.net.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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