March 7, 2017 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Miller 320

Mariana Souto-Manning, associate professor at Columbia University Teachers College, will discuss “Why Are Critical Perspectives and Ecological Approaches Needed in Early Childhood Teacher Education?: Toward a Transcontextual Cultural-Ecological Approach” as part of the UW's Boeing Teacher Education Scholars Series.

From the critical stance of teacher educator as transformer, Souto-Manning will explain the need to revise and re-envision early childhood teacher education, recognizing that what is in place often results in teachers who see young children from nondominant and minorized communities as being “culturally deprived” or “inferior.” She will propose that if we truly want to understand the ecology of teacher development as we seek to prepare teachers who can build on the strengths of diverse children and their families, we must try to fundamentally change it—moving toward transcontextual cultural-ecological approach to early childhood teacher education.