Early Childhood Teachers Speak Out and Organize

Workshop at the 2012 SOS People’s Education Conference
In this workshop, we will learn how early childhood educators around the country have spoken out about current education reforms through the Defending the Early Years (DEY) national survey. We’ll hear how ed policies are affecting all aspects of teachers’ lives, classrooms, and kids, and focus our energy toward activism and the early childhood SOS platform.


Diane E. Levin and Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Diane E. Levin. Wheelock College. Boston, Massachusetts
Diane E. Levin, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work focuses on how various forces in society affect children and appropriate adult responses. She is the author or co-author of eight books including: So Sexy So Soon, The War Play Dilemma, Remote Control Childhood and Teaching Young Children in Violent Times. She is a founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE). And with Nancy Carlsson-Paige, she recently founded Defending the Early Years. (DEY).

Nancy Carlsson-Paige. Lesley University
Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University where she has taught teachers for more than 30 years. Professor Carlsson-Paige was a founder of the University’s Center for Peaceable Schools. Since the mid-1980’s, Nancy has written and spoken extensively about the impact of violence, especially in the media, on children’s lives and social development, and how children learn the skills for caring relationships and positive conflict resolution. She has written five books and numerous articles on media violence, conflict resolution, and peaceable classrooms and schools. Her most recent book is called Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids. Nancy is an advocate for policies and practices that promote children’s well being and encourage skills and attitudes that further peace and nonviolence.