In a rapidly developing area of early childhood practice, he’s a leader.
“At Erikson, I became a better thinker and writer and sharpened my ability to ask the big and small questions.”
Many Friday and Saturday nights during college, Brian Puerling could be found at a local bookstore reading his way through the education section.
“I knew that there was a lot more to know, but I didn’t know what it was,” Puerling says. “After doing my research, I could tell that an Erikson master’s degree was unique and would help me really dig deeply into theories, ideas, and practice.”
At Erikson Institute, reflective practice and exposure to different perspectives were central to his education. He loved the ongoing conversations between students and faculty, which helped him apply the information he was learning to his own practice.
Puerling is now a leader at the intersection of children and technology. At Chicago’s Catherine Cook School, he helps teachers determine when and how to use technology to help children learn. He’s also a book author, guest blogger, and international consultant and presenter on children and technology.
“No one has all the answers, but together, we can become much more intentional about the choices we are making for our classrooms and programs,” Puerling says. “If you see yourself as a learner and open your mind to different perspectives, you will find the information you need to support your practice and the children and families we serve.”