During a recent keynote address to professionals in the field, Aisha Ray, M.Ed. ’72, spoke about the need to recruit and retain educators from an array of cultural backgrounds.
“Our faculty and staff are Erikson’s treasure,” Chen says. “I want to build on their strengths and provide as much support as I can.”
Linda Ponce de León is an accomplished early childhood educator with more than 20 years of experience.
After six years of leadership and service to the Erikson community, Ray is rejoining the faculty.
Topics include achieving equity for children, and the latest developments in home visiting.
Erikson is leading the charge to close the gap for African American children and improve educational outcomes.
Presentations include topics ranging from fair compensation for early childhood professionals to urban children’s literature.
Maxwell will become the director of program development at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska.
As Kenyan society changed around her, Florence Kimondo, Ph.D. ’13, dedicated herself to helping others.
“If we are looking for the greater bang for our buck, early childhood is the ticket we should purchase,” Ray says.
Ray proposes 12 actionable solutions to address the achievement gap for African American boys, beginning in early childhood.
Stephanie Bynum, M.S. ’02, recently resigned her position in academic affairs to become vice president of programs at Kohl Children’s Museum.
Aisha Ray, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, announced the resignation of Stephanie Bynum in the following email to Erikson faculty and staff.
U.S. Congressman Davis had kind words for Erikson at a conference over the summer.
There’s a groundswell of positive change in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood — amazing work by the community, along with partners like Erikson.
Envisioning Change is a statewide effort to close the achievement gap for African American students beginning in the earliest grades.
Ray talked with Sandra Dungee Glenn for this 900AM WURD discussion series about early childhood education.
Senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Aisha Ray In a Chicago Tribune article about the changing roles of fathers, Aisha Ray discusses the social factors that have influenced our expectations of fathers and the cultural variability
Joan Cary interviewed Aisha Ray for this Chicago Tribune article about the changing roles of fathers.
In this video, Erikson faculty describe how the Erikson experience comes alive online.
Aisha Ray gave a presentation for this Education Week webinar, along with Oscar A. Barbarin III, Hertz Endowed Chair in Psychology at Tulane University.
Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother hit a nerve nationwide—and at Erikson.
Shanita Bigelow interviewed Aisha Ray for this Citizen Weekly story about Illinois’s early education reform.
Aisha Ray will become senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, effective July 1. Longtime professor and alumna is deeply committed to Erikson’s mission and culture.
Almost 70 percent of children in Head Start and the majority of children in the 25 largest U. S. school districts are culturally, racially and linguistically diverse children. Yet the early childhood teaching workforce remains predominantly white and monolingual. Research shows these teachers have little knowledge of the cultures, communities, and families of the children in their classrooms, while teachers report that they feel unprepared to teach effectively in multicultural and multilingual classrooms.