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    A Toddler Teacher’s Reflection: By Susan B. Hughes

    Elizabeth Wilcox       

    From the moment you enter the classroom, to the end of the day when you turn out the lights, our begin to…ECSEL teaching approach guides our day. When I enter the classroom to set it up for the morning, I am mindful of making sure that our teaching tools for emotional, cognitive and social development are ready for the day. I have learned how...

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    Why Teaching Emotional Competence to Young Children Matters So Much

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    In December, Nobel Laureate in Economics and University of Chicago Professor James Heckman released another report  evidencing that quality early childhood education provides persistent boosts in socio-emotional skills and that...

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    It’s Okay to Tell Your Children You’re Angry

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    As a psychologist and founder of a child development center, I work with young children on building emotional competence. Emotional competence, research shows, is a critical foundation in achieving lifelong academic and social success, as well as overall wellbeing. Emotional competence is comprised of emotion knowledge and emotion regulation....

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    Boston Globe Letters: At age 5, focus should be on emotions, not testing

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Dr. Donna Housman's thoughts on the shortcomings of Common Core were recently published in the Sunday Globe. Dr. Housman responded to

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