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Each week host Heather Bernt-Santy and a member of the ECE Nerd Collective share and discuss a quote with a focus on effecting change in the early learning world.

That Early Childhood Nerd Explorations Early Learning

    • Education
    • 4.5 • 82 Ratings

Each week host Heather Bernt-Santy and a member of the ECE Nerd Collective share and discuss a quote with a focus on effecting change in the early learning world.

    NERD_0323 ECE MAYtriarchy Episode 4

    NERD_0323 ECE MAYtriarchy Episode 4

    This episode is the fourth installment of a new tradition–episodes in May that invite some of Heather's favorite women in early childhood to talk about the women who guide our work. In this conversation, Heather talks about Lilian Katz, Miriam Beloglovsky celebrates Bev Bos, Rixa Evershed discusses Alison Gopnik's work, and Nadia Jaboneta salutes Margie Carter and Deb Curtis. 

    NERD_0322 ECE MAYtriarchy Episode 3

    NERD_0322 ECE MAYtriarchy Episode 3

    Have you ever noticed that most of the theorists and philosophies in our early childhood textbooks are the same handful of men-plus-Montessori? Heather got curious….who are the women (past and present) who are influencing and informing the work we’re doing with young children. This episode is the third installment of a new tradition–episodes in May that invite some of my favorite women in early childhood to talk about the women who guide our work. In this episode, Heather is joined by Krystina Tapia and Kisa Marx to discuss how bell hooks, Emmi Pikler, and Lisa Murphy inspire them. 

    • 54 min
    NERD_0321 ECE MAYtriarchy Episode 2

    NERD_0321 ECE MAYtriarchy Episode 2

    Have you ever noticed that most of the theorists and philosophies in our early childhood textbooks are the same handful of men-plus-Montessori? Heather got curious….who are the women (past and present) who are influencing and informing the work we’re doing with young children. This episode is the second installment of a new tradition–episodes in May that invite some of my favorite women in early childhood to talk about the women who guide our work. In this episode, Heather is joined by Stephanie Goloway, Stacy Benge, and Nancy Rosenow to discuss how Sylvia Ashton Warner, A. Jean Ayres, Vivian Gussin Paley and Chris Athey inspire them. 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    NERD_0320 ECE MAYtriarchy part 1

    NERD_0320 ECE MAYtriarchy part 1

    Have you ever noticed that most of the theorists and philosophies in our early childhood textbooks are the same handful of men-plus-Montessori? Heather got curious....who are the women (past and present) who are influencing and informing the work we're doing with young children. So, here's the first installment of a new tradition--episodes in May that invite some of my favorite women in early childhood to talk about the women who guide our work. In this episode, Heather is joined by Rixa Evershed, Carol Garboden Murray and Lizz Nolasco to discuss how Robin Wall Kimmerer, Carol Gilligan, Janet Gonzalez Mena and Rhoda Kellogg inspire them. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    NERD_0319 Who Gets to Decide What Matters?

    NERD_0319 Who Gets to Decide What Matters?

    Heather is TIRED of non-expert stakeholders trying to tell her what is and isn't "quality" for young children's spaces and experiences. In this episode, she invites Carol Garboden Murray and Richard Cohen to help her process how problematic it is when we lose sight of children's current, lived experiences in favor of placing the weight of solving adult problems on those children's shoulders.

    • 43 min
    NERD_0318 What Should We Call Ourselves?

    NERD_0318 What Should We Call Ourselves?

    If there's one thing host Heather Bernt-Santy loves, it's a nerdy panel discussion! And this one is a good one...including Heather, Richard Cohen (Zen and the Art of Early Childhood), Nancy Rosenow (author of Encouragement Every Day), Carol Garboden Murray (author of Illuminating Care: The Practice and Pedagogy of Care) and Stacy Benge (author of The Whole Child Alphabet: How Young Children Actually Develop Literacy). Listen in as we talk about what we think we should call ourselves as we work with young children--teacher? Developmentalist? Caregiver? 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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82 Ratings

82 Ratings

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Great for early childhood people!

I love listening to this podcast and look forward to each episode! I learn a lot and have fun listening too!

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These Nerds Know Their Stuff

The Early Childhood Nerd, Heather, and her friends read the research and have the best interest of children Birth to 8 (really all) at heart. The information isn’t just an opinion, it’s based is carefully researched information about best practice in the care of children during early childhood. This isn’t the podcast for those of you looking for cutesy crafts, but those who want to care for children the best way possible….pay heed to these nerds!
Mary Anne, ECE FROM Nebraska

Zen and ECE ,

ECE Heaven!

If you’re an early childhood professional, this is the podcast (and videocast) you’re gonna love! Heather is a great, insightful facilitator, with always interesting and relevant guests to discuss the challenges and successes of working with young children and their families. Highly recommend!

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