Nola Larson

Nola Larson has spent her entire career in the early childhood field in a variety of positions. She earned a bachelor's degree in child development-kindergarten education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masters of education degree in professional development with an emphasis in special education, from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has taught early childhood education in a nursery school, a day care center, and a Head Start program and also taught in the public schools as a kindergarten teacher. For ten years, Nola was an early childhood instructor at Western Wisconsin Technical College-La Crosse, WI, where she started the program, taught a variety of courses, and supervised student teachers. She was part of a national training and technical assistance network that provided consultation to Head Start programs, specifically in the areas of assessment, disability services, child development, and curriculum. Most recently, she coordinated the development and publication of the New Portage Guide Birth to Six, a developmental assessment and activity planning system for children from birth to six years old. Publications: Transition Magician: Strategies for Guiding Young Children in Early Childhood Programs (Redleaf Press, 1994) Transition Magician 2: More Strategies for Guiding Young Children in Early Childhood Programs (Redleaf Press, 2000) Transition Magician for Families: Helping Parents and Children with Everyday Routines (Redleaf Press, 2001) New Portage Guide Birth to Six, (Portage Project, 2004) Nola presents on early childhood topics, including workshops based on the Transition Magician books she co-authored. She says that it gives her great joy to see how excited people get about our ideas and to actually see positive changes in the classrooms. Website:www.transitionmagician.com

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