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J. Kent Chrisman Shippensburg University, USA

J. Kent Chrisman, Ed.D. is Professor of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hendrix College, master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Peabody College of Education (now Vanderbilt), and Ed.D. in Educational Supervision from the University of Louisville.  He has been a faculty member in early childhood teacher education for over thirty years as well as serving as a laboratory school director in a full day, year round setting and in a public school partnership setting.  He has taught courses on curriculum and assessment, child development, partnerships for family engagement, and supervised internship experiences at various student levels. With his co-editor of this proposed work, he has published 3 books:  Families, Schools and Communities:  Together for Young Children (recently published in a fifth edition), Healthy Sexuality Development in Young Children, and In the Field:  Guided Field Assignments and Readings in Early Childhood Education. In addition, he is co-author of Teaching Young Children Mathematics (in press, Routledge) and is contracted as co-author of Teaching Young Children Social Studies (Pearson).  He currently serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and has served as President of three state affiliates of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.