I’m writing from our offices in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I act as senior vice president, helping steer the direction of Redleaf Press. As we prepare for the New Year, it’s natural to reflect, to take a moment and consider the past year. There are many things I’m proud of from 2017. Our authors represent the best thinking and leadership in the field of early childhood education. This year we welcomed to our list
- Nancy P. Alexander, award-winning professional trainer, executive director of Northwestern State University Child and Family Network, and president of the North Louisiana Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) (Twelve Essential Topics in Early Childhood)
- Uniit Carruyo, MS Ed, director of Wiggles & Wings Montessori School for the Arts (Team Teaching)
- Laura Colker, EdD, author, or coauthor of over 100 publications and instructional guides, and Derry Koralek, former editor-in-chief of NAEYC’s Young Children and Teaching Young Children (High-Quality Early Childhood Programs)
- Susan Ehrhardt, preschool teacher with over thirty years of experience (A to Z Ready for K)
- Carla B. Goble, award-winning early childhood educator, founding member of the Oklahoma Early Childhood Education Organization (Infant-Toddler Social Studies)
- Jane Humphries and Kari Rains, cofounders of Fiddle Focus, makers of products for children requiring sensory stimulation to calm themselves. (A Fighting Chance)
- M. Susan McWilliams, associate professor of early childhood teacher education at the University of Nebraska–Omaha (Beyond the Flannel Board)
- Cassandra O’Neill, founder and CEO of Leadership Alchemy and Monica Brinkerhoff, MSW, the organization and employee development director at Child-Parent Centers, Inc., and Head Start grantee for southeastern Arizona (Five Elements of Collective Leadership for Early Childhood Professionals)
- Thomas Rendon, coordinator of the Iowa Head Start State Collaboration Office, teamed up with veteran Redleaf Press author Gaye Gronlund (Saving Play)
- Deborah Schein, educational consultant providing workshops across the country about the connection between spiritual development and nature education for young children (Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy)
- Julie Smart, professor of math and science education at Clemson University (Inspiring Young Minds)
- Juliana Texley, former president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and Ruth M. Ruud, the head reviewer for the NSTA Shell Science Lab Challenge (Teaching STEM Literacy)
Redleaf Press strives to provide developmentally and culturally appropriate resources to our readers and are honored to have our authors and books recognized this year by award committees from all across the country.
Our priority will always be to publish exceptional resources that strengthen and support teachers, trainers, and families who care for our youngest learners. Thank you for your business, feedback, and continued work to provide high-quality early childhood education—giving children a crucial strong start in life. We look forward to all 2018 will bring, wishing you all happy holidays and a joyful New Year.
Senior Vice President of Redleaf Press