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Early Childhood Education Political Advocacy at Wonder of Learning with Teddy Kokoros
September 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Wonder of Learning exhibit in Boston provides us with a unique opportunity to advocate to politicians, the media, and the public about what high-quality early childhood education can and should look like. However, we can not limit our advocacy to just the next few months when The Wonder of Learning Exhibit is in town. Presenter Teddy Kokoros who works as a Pre-K teacher at Transportation Children’s Center will start off with a presentation about his own experiences in advocacy and then will facilitate a discussion among attendees where others can share their experiences and ideas related to early education advocacy. Topics discussed include how classroom and public displays of children’s work are part of advocacy, talking to family and friends about ECE, building relationships with media and politicians, using social media, and more.
Theodore (Teddy) Kokoros has worked as a Pre-K teacher for the past 15 years at the Transportation Children’s Center in Boston. In addition to a degree in sociology from UMass Boston, a masters in language and literacy from Harvard and a post-masters in early education research, policy and practice from UMass Boston, he is currently pursuing my doctorate in education at Lesley University. His research focuses on how language and literacy development can help young children see themselves as citizens. He has written about children’s literature at The Horn Book as well early education policy and about men in early education for The Aspire Institute, Men Teach, and the Eye on Early Education Blog. He also hosts the popular Ideas and Innovations In Early Childhood Policy, Practice and Research social media group. After joining the Wonder of Learning Policy Day, he wrote a letter to the editor about the importance of the exhibit.