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Sandra Early Worksl

Sandra Soliday Hong, PhD, is an expert in applied measurement of contextual and individual factors in early care and education (ECE) settings that relate to the outcomes of young children, particularly for children from diverse backgrounds. Soliday Hong started her career as a preschool teacher before working in applied ECE research, practice, and policy.

Sandra Early Worksl


Her experiences on the Lazy B unequivocally helped shaped her character as she developed her belief in hard work, yet her parents also wanted O'Connor to gain a good education. Living in such a remote area, the school options were limited, and she had already shown that she was quite bright. By age four, she learned how to read. Exploring places and schools that would be the best match for O'Connor's abilities, her parents sent her to El Paso, Texas to live with her grandmother to attend school. In El Paso, young Sandra attended the Radford School for Girls followed by Austin High School. She spent her summers at the Lazy B and lived with her grandmother during the school year. A successful student, she graduated high school at the early age of sixteen.

We have our friend Sandra Rendgen on the show to talk about the work of Edward Tufte. Tufte does not need any introductions of course. We discuss his early works and efforts, all the books he published, his contribution and legacy and the influence he had on our work.

When most people talk about designing an early childhood education program, they mean the curriculum, the funding, or the program. Not Dr. Sandra Duncan. When the Design Consultant for Early Childhood Classrooms and Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University talks about designing, she means it literally.

Chris Riback: When most people talk about designing an early childhood education program, they mean the curriculum, the funding, the program. It seems that when you talk about designing, you literally mean designing, not just the building plan and equipment, but the physical structure, the layout, and more. What are the principles of design as you mean it in early in an early childhood program?

Sandra M. Gustafson is the author of works on American literature and culture including Imagining Deliberative Democracy in the Early American Republic (Chicago, 2011), Eloquence is Power: Oratory and Performance in Early America (North Carolina, 2000), and essays on William Apess, James Fenimore Cooper, Jonathan Edwards, and Margaret Fuller, among many others. She is the editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vol. A (9th and 10th editions) and advisory editor of the MLA-affiliated journal Early American Literature, as well as the co-editor of Cultural Narratives: Textuality and Performance in American Culture before 1900 (Notre Dame, 2010), and guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of the Early Republic on political writing and literature. A faculty affiliate of Notre Dame's Center for Civil and Human Rights and a faculty fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, she held an NEH fellowship during 2014 to work on a book about the American novel and the early peace movement, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Her co-edited volume (with Robert S. Levine) Reimagining the Republic: Race, Citizenship, and Nation in the Literary Work of Albion Tourgée appears from Fordham University Press in 2022.

The Information Systems Society (ISS) invites nominations for the ISS Sandy Slaughter Early Career Award. The spirit of the award is to honor the memory of the late Professor Sandy Slaughter who was tireless in her pursuit of recognizing the potential leaders of the "next generation" of information systems academics. The award will recognize and honor early career individuals who are on a path towards making outstanding intellectual contributions to the information systems discipline.

Sandra Lee is a multiple Emmy award-winner, activist, and an internationally acclaimed expert in all things life and style, fashion and beauty. Sandra is a Special Contributor to Good Morning America, a best-selling author of 27 books, and Editor in Chief of Sandra Lee Magazine and Sandra has created and hosted numerous highly rated programs on HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, and Great American Country.

Our internship program now resides within the Training Institute in our newest division, Research, Development, Innovation, and Training. We are proud to have created relationships and affiliations with more than 30 universities and graduate schools, including Columbia University, NYU, Nyack College, Hunter College, York College, Stony Brook University, Hofstra University, and others. The program places nearly 40 interns annually, matching them with positions that align with their goals and training them to learn and grow as the future generation of professionals.

Sandra Schefkind, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Pediatric Practice Manager at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). She provides clinical assistance with practice-based inquiries from occupational therapy practitioners and others working with children and youth. For more than 25 years, Schefkind has provided occupational therapy services across the life course. She held a variety of clinical and administrative positions before joining AOTA, including Director of occupational therapy at Bryn Mawr Hospital and Director of early childhood programs at Imagination Stage, a Bethesda, Maryland, nonprofit arts organization that provides theater productions and classes to children with and without disabilities.

SS: While at AOTA, one of my goals has been to bring early childhood activities, knowledge, and resources to our own organization. For example, I work to ensure that there are new articles and tools on the AOTA webpages such as on interprofessional practice and developing competencies to work with young children with disabilities and their families. I developed communities of practice for occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) to learn from each other about evidence-based practices in early childhood and other topics like childhood trauma, transitions, and literacy. Additionally, I make sure that there are early childhood resources for OTPs from other organizations and technical assistance centers. In fact, I regularly promote resources from the ED-funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center!

In addition to using their resources, I work closely with key partners from national professional organizations and ED-funded technical assistance centers to make sure that OTPs are represented in their work. I have been working with the ED-funded Early Childhood Personnel Center to develop the interprofessional early childhood competencies and with the ED-funded National Center on Systemic Improvement on an infographic on early childhood teaming. I am continuously building my own knowledge as well. In 2016, I completed my clinical doctorate degree in OT from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and I am now enrolled in a social learning certificate program which will help me continue to improve the quality of early childhood service and programs.

I found a bunch of cool people online with whom I started to collaborate. At first, it was on amateur game projects, then on indie games and later at start up companies making card games. All of these projects eventually got cancelled but they did help me to create a body of work that later became the core of my portfolio. Thanks to that early work, I started working for Fantasy Flight Games and Paizo. Eventually after almost two years of freelance grind, this portfolio got me a full time position at Creative Assembly.

With more than 20 years of experience in the early childhood, youth, and family services fields, Sandra brings an exceptional combination of knowledge in policy, strategy, evaluation, communications, and operations.

In her autobiographical account of her nontraditional marriage, An Unconventional Family, Dr. Sandra Lipsitz Bem describes her childhood as chaotic and painful (1998). In 1944, she was born Sandra Ruth Lipsitz to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Although both of Dr. Bem's parents worked, the family struggled financially and lived in government-subsidized housing for the first eight years of her life. Her mother, Lillian, worked as a highly-regarded executive secretary. Her father, Peter, worked as a mail clerk. Sandra's mother and her mother's family often criticized her father, believing that he was not good enough for her. Sandra's early life was characterized by frequent fights between her parents and her mother's violent and emotional outbursts. Her mother would often have tantrums that involved yelling and destroying family property. She would then sink into a profound depression. Her father often appealed to Sandra to placate and comfort her mother, and her younger sister Beverly (Bem, 1998). Based on these experiences, Dr. Bem believes that she developed the need to always be in control of her emotions and to assume responsibility for herself and others. She dreamed of escaping her unhappy family life and of rescuing herself and her sister. The importance of extended family was also impressed upon Sandra. She was able to briefly escape from the pain at home by spending time at her grandparents' houses where she could experience nurturance and calm.

Dr. Bem's memories of her early married years highlight how her family with Daryl became the center of a larger community family (1998). After her graduate classes were completed, Sandra moved back to Pittsburgh, so that Daryl could be close to Carnegie Tech, and she completed her dissertation in absentia. During their time in Pittsburgh, Sandra and Daryl were able to heal the rift created with Sandra's relatives because of their nontraditional wedding. The importance of family, and family community continued to be important to the Bem's, regardless of where they lived. Over the years, relatives from both sides of the family came for regular visits or for short stays. The importance of family connection only increased for Sandra with the birth of their first child, Emily, in 1974. Sandra's mother had an immediate and transforming connection to Emily. The close presence of Sandra's parents at this time of her life, and the connection that they had with Emily, and her second child, healed much of the pain of the past.


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