Karen Alicia Ortiz Alvarado, from La Dalia, Nicaragua, is a qualified prima- ry teacher and currently Community Education Worker on CESESMA’s Safe, Quality Schools project . Martha Baiyee is a professor of early childhood education in the Department of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, where she is a former Acting Director of the Center for Child and Family Program at the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities (ISCFC) . In this role, Dr . Baiyee conducted research with area community agencies on preschool expulsion prevention that investigated the perspectives of both parents and providers and their experiences with intervention programs in southeast Michigan . Dr . Baiyee’s research, beyond preschool expulsions, focuses on cross cultural issues of child development, learner-centered teaching, teacher education, assessment and pro- gram evaluation . As a former early childhood educator in the US and Africa, Dr . Baiyee has a unique perspective on the daily experiences of teachers who work with young children . Natasha Blanchet-Cohen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, in Canada . She has worked exten- sively on children’s rights issues in Canada and abroad, including Venezuela and Colombia . She is an associate of the International Institute for Child Rights and SwadenerEtal.indd 247 06/08/13 8:06 AM 248 | Contributors Development where she was research director from 2000 to 2009 . Her applied research and publications center on issues around child agency and child protec- tion, the creation of child-youth friendly cities, bridge-building across cultures and practices, and developmental approaches to monitoring...
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