GSE professor, Dr. Christine Chaillé, was named the 2013 Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE). She was chosen for “meritorious leadership and professionalism in early childhood teacher education.”
Dr. Chaillé has worked at PSU since 1991, where she is currently the chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She has written two books on early childhood education—The Young Child as Scientist, and Constructivism across the Early Childhood Curriculum—and is currently completing a book on mathematics and science integration in early childhood classrooms. She has also published and presented scores of articles on teacher education and early childhood topics.
Dr. Chaillé has done important work with the nonprofit, Hands to Hearts International. In 2007, she travelled to India with the organization as a consultant and developed curriculum to help orphanage workers learn best practices in child development to better care for children in their charge. Her trainings have been replicated and adapted by Hands to Hearts International for other countries around the world.
Dr. Chaillé has served as president of NAECTE, chair of the Early Education/Child Development Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and president of the Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and on the NAECTE Foundation board, and has served on the editorial board of Childhood Education.
She will receive her award at the NAECTE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on November 20, 2013.