Using the latest brain research to explore and explain differences in how boys and girls learn, this informative resource provides early childhood educators tools to make the way they teach and their classrooms more boy friendly. Grounded in findings from the nonprofit child care and early education and youth agency Starting Point’s Boys’ Project, this handbook is designed to help teachers better understand, support, and work with young boys. From an overview of what makes boys tick and the unique needs of African American and Hispanic boys to simple, effective options to involve boys in the early childhood classroom and encourage family engagement and parental participation, it offers practical strategies teachers can implement in even the stickiest situations. The book’s expansive resources section—full of book lists, websites, parent handouts, and support and mentoring organizations—will help teachers take principles and ideas in the book to the next level.
Ruth Hanford Morhard has been involved in early childhood education for over 20 years as consultant to national, regional and local philanthropic, early childhood and educational institutions, including Starting Point for Child Care and Early Education; the Child Day Care Planning Project; United Way and Salvation Army organizations across the country; and several colleges and universities. In addition to Wired to Move: Facts and Strategies for Nurturing Boys in an Early Childhood Setting, she authored the children’s book, I Have Magic Helpers; its companion book for parents and educators, Building Blocks; United Way at 100, Shaping a System of Higher Education; edited the anthology, What Can One Man Do; and has written and produced numerous award-winning publications, films, and videos.
Morhard has also served as a senior executive of major philanthropic, arts, and human service institutions, and has been on the adjunct faculty of an Ohio university. She has a BA from Skidmore College and a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction from Stanford University. She resides in Northeastern Ohio.
Starting Point for Child Care and Early Education is a Cleveland-based nonprofit agency with a long history of innovative initiatives. In 2010, Starting Point began its Boys’ Project to address the unique issues surrounding boys three to six years old, prompted by data on the disproportionate numbers of boys with social-emotional behavioral issues and learning challenges and concerns, particularly in the African-American and Hispanic and Latino communities.
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