Faculty to Speak at Chicago Metro’s AEYC Opening Minds Conference

Chicago—January 23, 2012—Two Kendall College faculty members will speak at the Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) “Opening Minds” conference on January 26. Marsha Hawley, associate professor in the School of Education, and Dr. Sheila Bartle, who recently retired as professor of English at Kendall College, have collaborated on their presentation: “Attention Higher Ed Faculty: Understand All the Factors of Working with Head Start Teachers Who Are Back In School.” Their address explores the unique challenges that face Head Start teachers and other adult learners who have been out of school for a while and have other family and work commitments.

“We selected this presentation as a result of a yearlong study conducted by Dr. Bartle with Head Start teachers studying at Kendall College,” said Marsha Hawley. “What we found was that balancing the expectations of being a full-time teacher in early childhood education while taking care of family members and going to college was an extremely complex situation. As a result, adult learners may need extra guidance and life balance support in addition to a traditional classroom environment.”

Dr. Bartle’s study, “Head Start Scholars, a lot to say if you just ask,” is an analysis of sixteen self-selected Head Start teachers attending Kendall College for their Bachelor of Arts degrees in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Bartle’s study examined the students’ family life, experiences at Kendall College and the effect of their studies on their Head Start work with children and families. Based on her findings, Dr. Bartle has specific recommendations to share with other educators who may have adult learners in the classroom, including offering additional readiness and support to ease adult learners back into the classroom after a long absence.

“Since its debut in 2005, the Head Start Scholars program at Kendall College has been a great success in helping Head Start teachers return to school to receive degrees in early childhood education,” said Dr. Paul Busceni, dean of the Kendall College School of Education. “I applaud Dr. Bartle for her research on the collective experience of adult learners who work full-time in the same field they are studying. Both Dr. Bartle and Ms. Hawley are to be commended for sharing their teaching experiences at Kendall College with other educators of adult learners.”

Dr. Bartle, a graduate of the College of St. Catherine and Loyola University of Chicago, has been teaching English for 40 years. During her five years at Kendall College, Dr. Bartle has served as associate dean of Early Childhood Education, director of faculty development, and professor of English in the general education program.

Ms. Hawley is an experienced educator with diversified work experience in early childhood education and finance and resource development. She is a frequent speaker at industry events and author of several publications on infant toddler development and care for teachers. She received a Master of Education from Loyola University and a B.S. in early childhood education from California State University.

About the Kendall College School of Education:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in businessculinary artsearly childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 students. The Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education for Type 04 Illinois Teacher Certification preparation (birth through Grade 3). The program incorporates current research and theory on how young children learn; this prepares students with the knowledge and skills they need for success in early childhood education careers. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.

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