STEM-sational Learning: What to Look for in Early Childhood Programming

March 19, 2015

If you’re a children’s or youth services librarian or early childhood professional this webinar is for you! In this Hatch Early Learning-sponsored webinar, Susan Gunnewig, Vice President of Product Development, draws from her extensive background in early childhood education to give you insights on the importance of STEM curriculum for our youngest learners.

Did you know that some preschool curriculums only spend 58 seconds of a five-hour day on math education? Or that there is only one preschool curriculum that meets the Committee on K–12 Engineering Education’s standards to adequately teach engineering basics? Early childhood educators and children’s librarians know how important these skills are, but how can you tailor this information for young children?

Join us and learn:

  1. Why STEM is such a hot topic for early education
  2. What STEM looks like in a learning environment
  3. How STEM education in preschool connects with kindergarten Common Core
  4. Ways to integrate STEM into the learning schedule

Presenter

Susan Gunnewig

Susan Gunnewig

Susan began her career as a Head Start teacher in 1965 in Houston, Texas. For 28 years, she was a classroom teacher primarily in elementary grades in the inner city. She was the Asst. Reading Manager for Houston Independent School District and oversaw the development of the reading program which became the framework for Reading First under No Child Left Behind. In 2001, Susan joined the faculty of the University of Texas Medical School in Developmental Pediatrics. During her tenure, Susan cocreated an early childhood integrated service model for the State of Texas, which is now state law. In addition, she was Co-PI for a number of federally funded organizations, including NIH, NSF, NCHID and USDOE IES. The states of Texas, Florida and California included her as a developer of their states’ early childhood standards. Susan retired from the University to establish a Product Development Department for Hatch Early Childhood in 2007. She is the director and oversees content development for all technological hardware. In October 2014, Susan was appointed to serve on the National Council for Teacher Quality located in Washington D.C. Her role is to inform the quality of higher education courses for pre-service early childhood courses.

Moderator

Angie Schoeneck

Angie Schoeneck

Growth Strategy Manager at Demco, Inc.
Angie is the Growth Strategy Manager at Demco. She focuses on the evolving needs and trends in education and library environments, their patrons and communities, and translating these into relevant products and services. She has an extensive background in new product development, product management and business process improvement.