Whittier College News Release
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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)
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
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
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
Located 18 miles east of
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.