One of the most successful models for school reform — and one in which Erikson plays a critical role — is getting a boost from an innovative form of private investment.
Alumni, faculty, and staff joined together to say goodbye and salute 11 years of accomplishments.
At Erikson’s 46th commencement ceremony, speakers remind graduates to be courageous and committed.
As Meisels prepares to leave Erikson after more than 11 years, he reflects on the prominent role attachment plays in all of our lives.
Under Meisels’s leadership, Erikson grew from a highly respected institution to a robust engine of research, community partnerships, and graduate programs.
The five Erikson board chairs during Meisels’s presidency reflect on his accomplishments.
In a Momaha.com article, Meisels explains why early childhood education is so important and how starts at home.
In an interview with WBEZ 91.5, Meisels applauds Chicago’s expansion of full-day kindergarten but adds a note of caution.
In an Education Week article, Meisels, an assessment expert, reacts to a federal proposal to fund kindergarten assessment programs.
In this New York Times article, Meisels states that test preparation can invalidate the results of this “off-label” use of the E.R.B. assessment.
The two professors will head Erikson while the search continues under the counsel of Russell Reynolds Associates.
More than 100 people celebrated Stott’s commitment to Erikson, its students, and its alumni at the Alumni of Erikson Institute annual dinner.
“I am deeply grateful for your support during my time at Erikson, and I look forward to staying in touch with you in the future,” writes Meisels.
One of the nation’s most effective early education reform strategies is expanding with the support of Erikson’s unique model for professional development.
“Our hearts go out to all those directly and indirectly affected by the tragedy in Connecticut. Let us remember that we have chosen work that is intended to reduce human tragedy by supporting the growth of human potential. Let’s use what we know to help those who need us most,” writes President Samuel J. Meisels.
Meisels, president of Erikson since 2002, will direct the University of Nebraska’s new Buffett Early Childhood Institute.
President Samuel J. Meisels announced that he is stepping down in June in the following email to Erikson students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Illinois Action for Children will honor President Samuel J. Meisels for his work on behalf of children and their families during its A Night to Shine annual benefit on October 19.
Meisels emphasized his support for comprehensive, observational assessments throughout the school year.
Samuel Meisels talked with Lesli Maxwell for this Education Week article about school-readiness exams.
Join Erikson faculty and staff at the NAEYC Annual Conference for presentations on topics ranging from early math to the value of early education.
Lesli Maxwell interviewed Samuel Meisels for this Education Week article about ACT’s new college-readiness exam for young children.
60 Minutes interviews Meisels on kindergarten redshirting.
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children. More from this issue » From the President School’s out for the summer in many districts, but for parents, teachers, and other early childhood professionals, the hard — and critically
Educators attending Pearson’s National Early Childhood Summer Institute 2012 can build their professional portfolio by earning Erikson continuing education units (CEUs) at the conference, July 23–26 in San Antonio, Texas. “Erikson is proud to partner with Pearson and to recognize
A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Caps and gowns.” More from this issue » At Erikson’s 45th commencement ceremony, 91 graduates received their master’s degrees in child development or
Noreen Ahmed-Ullah interviewed Samuel Meisels for this Chicago Tribune article about Barbara Bowman’s tenure as Chicago Public Schools’ chief early childhood education officer.
This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “$15 million well spent.” More from this issue » A partnership of 11 education and nonprofit agencies, including Erikson, was awarded an Investing in Innovation, or
Morley Safer interviewed Samuel Meisels for this 60 Minutes story on redshirting kindergarteners.
Carolina A. Miranda interviewed Samuel Meisels for this article published by Parenting Magazine and CNN.com about the effects of standardized testing on creativity in early childhood classrooms.
In the latest news coverage of the Common Core standards, Education Week examined their implications for early childhood education. Both Samuel Meisels and Gillian McNamee share their perspectives on the issue in this article. Read it here »
Jaclyn Zubrzycki interviewed Samuel Meisels and Gillian McNamee for an Education Week story about the Common Core standards’ implications for early childhood education.
President Samuel J. Meisels The Common Core State Standards seek to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms. President Samuel J. Meisels, however, argues in a guest blog post
Valerie Strauss published Samuel Meisels’ guest blog post on the Common Core Standards in the Washington Post.
Dana Goldstein wrote about Samuel Meisels’ Work Sampling System for a Slate article about assessing kindergarteners.
Samuel Meisels was quoted in this Chicago Sun-Times article about a symposium focused on developing local strategies to put children on track for success.
In May, 73 graduates received master’s degrees and four received doctoral degrees.
President Samuel J. Meisels President Samuel J. Meisels and Professor Gillian McNamee are among the education leaders presenting at the 2011 Chicago School Policy Forum Series. Over the course of the series, speakers will discuss the new Common Core State
President Samuel J. Meisels Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels is one of the 10 members of Chicago’s new Early Learning Executive Council, which will coordinate the city’s early childhood education initiatives. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of the
Maureen Kelleher interviewed Samuel Meisels for her Education Week blog to get his views on the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Grant.
Samuel Meisels expressed his thoughts on the Department of Education’s Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Grant in this guest blog post for New America Foundation’s Early Ed Watch. The post was shared and quoted in the blogs In Quotes and The Quick & The Ed, and again in a later blog post for New America Foundation.
Connecticut’s legislature is considering a bill to curb redshirting — the practice of delaying a child’s entry to kindergarten in hopes of providing a developmental advantage. According to The New York Times, the new rule would move the date by which
Alfred Lubrano interviewed Samuel Meisels for this Philadelphia Inquirer story about Philadelphia’s decision to cut its kindergarten program to a half-day. Read “Experts: Half-day kindergarten a ‘disaster'” [PDF]
Ginnie Graham wrote an article for Tulsa World about Sam Meisels’ presentation on pre-kindergarten testing at the International Infant/Toddler Conference.
“Exploring PreK–3rd Grade: A dialogue on educational reform” may be the first shot in a revolution in early education in Illinois.
Children who enter kindergarten are all over the map, both in terms of their preparation and developmentally. Now, ISBE has released a plan to do something about it.
Sarah Garland interviewed Sam Meisels for a Washington Post article about the expansion of charter schools in D.C.
Cynthia Dizikes interviewed Sam Meisels for a Chicago Tribune article about the practice of holding a child back a year before letting him start kindergarten.
Exploring PreK-3rd Grade A Dialogue on Educational Reform Download the white paper » [PDF, 25pg] Watch the presentations » Lisa Guernsey and Sam Meisels In March 2011, Erikson sponsored a one-day forum to explore the new educational possibilities suggested by the PreK–3rd
Sam Meisels wrote a letter to the editor at the New York Times in response to the article “Scientifically Tested Tests.”
Catherine Gewertz interviewed Sam Meisels and Barbara Bowman for an Education Week article about the new K–12 common standards.
Erikson president Samuel Meisels appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the flaws in high-stakes admissions tests for New York’s most prestigious elementary schools. This interview was a follow up to the New York Magazine article, The Junior
Erikson president Samuel Meisels appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the flaws in high-stakes admissions tests for New York’s most prestigious elementary schools. This interview was a follow up to the New York Magazine article, The Junior Meritocracy, in which Meisels also appeared.
Samuel J. Meisels commented on the potential problems with school readiness testing in this Statesman Journal article.
Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels and other Erikson faculty, instructors and students presented and discussed research, technology and teaching practices at the 2009 National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Randy L. Holgate, formerly senior vice president for university resources at the University of Chicago, has been named vice president for institutional advancement at Erikson Institute in Chicago.
Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels was interviewed by Anna Weinstein for this education.com story.
More than 150 alumni, students, early childhood professionals, and other guests turned out Saturday, Oct. 18, for the grand opening of Erikson’s new campus.
A new study shows that Work Sampling for Head Start (WSHS)—an observational assessment developed by Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels and colleagues for use by early childhood teachers—is a valid and reliable tool for documenting learning in language, literacy, and math among three- and four-year-olds.
Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels has been named to an expert panel that will recommend ways to increase emphasis on child development within teacher preparation curriculum nationwide.
Erikson expertise shaped a new report on the appropriate use of assessments of young children in preschools, child care, and other early childhood programs.
With a snip of giant scissors, Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife, Maggie, ceremoniously opened our new campus at dedication ceremonies Oct. 16.
As kindergarten becomes increasingly academic, what does it mean to be ready for school? A wide range of developmental and cultural factors influence whether a child is ready to learn, Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels explained in a Sept. 4 interview on Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s morning magazine show. Most children are ready for kindergarten at age five, he said, but they arrive at school with highly varied, individualized skills and strengths. It’s up to schools to “meet the children where they are” developmentally and adapt learning opportunities to build on those strengths.