Partner Organizations

City University of New York-
College of Staten Island

Marta Cabral

Marta works with people of all ages exploring art materials, processes, play, and ideas in diverse settings. Currently an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York - College of Staten Island, Marta has taught at Columbia University, Penn State University, and Boston University. Marta has worked with young children for 20+ years, several of which as artist-in-residence at the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Columbia University Teacher College. Marta's scholarship currently focuses on materials, artistic explorations, and ownership of learning in early childhood and teacher education. As a speaker and consultant, Marta works with institutions to create and strengthen artistic engagement for communities worldwide. More at

Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia

Vina Adriany

Dr Adriany is an Associate Professor at the Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and the Head of Centre for Gender and Childhood Studies, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Her research focuses on the issues of gender and social justice in ECE, the construction of children and childhood in marginal communities as well as the impact of neo-liberalism in ECE. Her research mostly adopts ethnographic approaches and feminist participatory action research. She uses critical theories that include feminist post-structuralism and post-colonialism.

Euis Kurniati

Euis Kurniati is an Associate Professor at the Early Childhood Education Department Faculty of Educational Sciences, University Pendidikan Indonesia. Her academic work and research focuses on playing/play pedagogy, child-wellbeing, guidance and counselling for early childhood, traditional play, character, creativity, entrepreneurship for early childhood, and disaster mitigation for early childhood. Currently, she serves as Head of Early Childhood Education Department for Master's Degree at Faculty of Educational Sciences Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. 

Yeni Rachmawati

Yeni Rachmawati is an Associate Professor in early childhood education and the head of ECE Departement for bachelor degree, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Her teaching and research focuses on the issues of parenting and ethno parenting, creativity, aesthetic and math for young children. She also has worked with young children in some preschool for several years in Bandung Indonesia.

University of Tennessee Knoxville

Dr Alex Tucker

Alex Tucker is a Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee, United States. Her research has focused on maternal surrounding pregnancy and postpartum as well as collaboration with projects focused on cross cultural early childhood experiences.

Linneaus University

Lotta Bjerås

Lotta Bjervås is a senior lecturer at Linneaus University in Sweden. Before that, she worked as a preschool teacher for several years. Lotta teaches at the preschool teacher education. Her research includes mainly documentation and assessment as well as preschool teachers' value-pedagogical work. Lotta has previously worked as a preschool teacher for several years.

Eleonora Paganin

Eleonora Paganin is a junior lecturer at Linneaus University in Sweden. She has worked as preschool teacher for several years both in Sweden and in Italy where she comes from. As "pedagogista" at Reggio-inspired preschools, she has also been responsible for work with the teachers through the use of reflective supervision and to use their environments as an inspiration for inquiry. At Linnaeus university Eleonora teaches the preschool teacher program.

Pennsylvania State University

Lynn Hartle

Lynn Hartle, is a Professor of Education at The Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine Media, PA, USA. She was a Montessori directress in Michigan and Tennessee and is enjoying over 35 years in Higher Education - Pennsylvania & Florida having taught over 20 different undergraduate and graduate coursesas well as redesigned teacher preparation programs. A frequent traveler she has also led student abroad trips to Glasgow, Scotland; Reggio Emelia, Italy; Greece; Cuba; & Puerto Rico. Her research interests focus on "Teacher Professionalization & Engaged Learning", specifically: intentional teacher preparation, Second Language Acquisition / ESOL, Virtual Exchange, play, learning through the arts, and appropriate uses for digital media in education

University of Auckland

Jennifer Boyd

Jennifer Boyd is a professional teaching fellow in the School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice at the University of Auckland. Her teaching and research is underpinned by a commitment to more equitable and caring practices for our youngest citizens. Her work utilises critical theory, posthuman and feminist new materialist theories. Her recently completed master's thesis reconceptualised the concept of agency with infants and toddlers.

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