Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
Karen Alicia Ortiz Alvarado, from La Dalia, Nicaragua, is a qualified primary 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 program 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 extensively 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 ← 247 | 248 → Development where she was research director from 2000 to 2009. Her applied research and publications center on issues around child agency and child protection, the creation of child-youth friendly cities, bridge-building across cultures and practices, and developmental approaches to monitoring and evaluation.
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