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Judy McConnell-Farmer

Professor
Education
College of Arts and Sciences
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.1472
Degrees & Certifications
Columbia Univ Sch/Gen Stu, Master of Education
Columbia Univ Sch/Gen Stu, Doctor of Education
Academic History

EDUCATION

Ed.D., 1984, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. 

M.Ed., 1982, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, specialty in Early Childhood Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY.

M.A., 1974, specialty in Elementary Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

B.S., 1970, in Elementary Education, specialty in Early Childhood Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.

DISSERTATION 

An Investigation of Cooperative Competitive Behaviors Exhibited by Two Groups of Young Children Using Concrete Versus Computer Software Assessments. “Falk’s (McConnell-Farmer’s) Marble Pull Game”* on the Apple lle was developed to assess cooperative interactions among young children. Copyright protected.

*NOTE: In May, 1994, 1 legally changed my surname from "Falk" to "McConnell". Thus, all professional references prior to that date are identified as "Falk" and all of those professional references from May, 1994 to 2005 are identified as "McConnell".  I legally changed my name from “McConnell” to “McConnell-Farmer” in October, 2005 and all of those professional references since then are identified as “McConnell-Farmer”.

TEACHER LICENSURE

Kansas State Board of Education,

Early Childhood Education, Level EC‑EC, Endorsement, 6087 &

Elementary Education, Level K‑9, Endorsement, 1800

EXPERIENCES

2001-2011; 2012-Present

Professor

Teaching the following graduate and undergraduate courses

Graduate

  • • Curriculum Development and Assessment (Elementary & Secondary)
  • • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Methods

       Undergraduate

  • • Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Education
  • • Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education 
  • • Curriculum in Preschool Education
  • • Essentials in Early Childhood Education, I.
  • • Essentials in Early Childhood Education, II.
  • • Family, School and Community Collaboration in Early Childhood Education 
  • • Infants and Toddlers Laboratory
  • • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • • Introduction to Family Dynamics in Early Childhood Education
  • • Introduction to Infants and Toddlers in Early Childhood Education 
  • • Methods in Preschool Education
  • • Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs
  • • Practicum in Preschool Education
  • • Practicum in Infants and Toddler Settings
  • • Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Methods
  • • Student Teaching in Preschool Education
  • • Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education
  • • Study Abroad in Belize Program
  • • Supervision in Early Childhood Education 
  • • Techniques of Early Childhood Guidance and Classroom Management
  • • Washburn Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program

Advising

*I advise 120 undergraduate students.

2011-2012

Interim Chair of the Department of Education

 My duties included, but were not limited to the following:

• Conduct annual performance review of faculty and staff. Make merit recommendations to the dean. Evaluate faculty members for promotion/tenure and pre-tenure contract renewal decisions in accordance with university policy. 

• Guide development of junior faculty in terms of promotion and tenure. 

• Work with division members to prepare for, and respond to, their post-tenure reviews. 

• Assist with KSDE and NCATE maintenance of accreditation. 

• Arrange attendance of faculty at recruiting, fundraising and other events on the behalf of the department. 

• Coordinate the completion of academic and governance tasks required of academic area members within the department. 

• Represent the department to internal and external academic communities, alumni, business and industry, government, foundations, and the general community. 

• Promote and enhance the image of the department and Washburn University through participation in appropriate professional and academic organizations. 

Administrative 

  1. Schedule classes. 
    1. Recruit, train, and develop faculty, clinical and adjunct faculty, professional staff, and support staff    
    2. to meet the needs of the department. 
  2. Oversee administrative assistants and licensure officer. 
  3. Hire and manage adjunct professors. 
  4. Manage the department’s budget as determined by the dean. 
  5. Interact with advisory board committees that are most closely aligned with the department's programs 
  6. and courses or delegate that responsibility to an appropriate faculty member. 

Actively promote department programs within the university, at other institutions (including community colleges), and in the greater Baltimore region. 

  1. Participate in departmental committee meetings. 
  2. Handle student grievances, complaints, cases of plagiarism and other cheating, etc. 

Teaching/Scholarship

  1. Teach 2 courses 
  2. Publish in peer reviewed academic journals and books. 

1994-2001

Associate Professor

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Education, Washburn University, Topeka, KS. 

Early tenure granted 1998, rank of Professor granted in 2001. Teaching many of the courses listed in the 2001-2011; 2012-Present listed above.

1993‑1994

Adjunct Associate Professor. Division of Early Childhood, The Teachers College, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

Tauqht the following graduate courses:

* Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education (a course I developed)

* Administrative and Current Issues in Early Childhood Education

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

Department of Education, Washburn University, Topeka, KS.

Taught the following undergraduate course:

* Development and Guidance of Young Children

1992‑1993

Chair/Associate Professor. Division of Early Childhood, The Teachers

College, Emporia State University.  I was the first Chair of the Division of Early Childhood.

1988‑1992

Assistant Professor

Department of Curriculum and Instruction,

School of Education, William Paterson State College of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ.

Taught the following graduate courses:

*Computers in Education

*Teaching Strategies I ‑ Social Studies/Human Relationships

*Technology and the Young Child

Taught the following undergraduate courses:

*Early Childhood Curriculum I

*Reading and the Young Child

*Practicum in Pre‑K

*Methods of Teaching Social Studies

*Supervision of Student Teaching

1985‑1988

Assistant Professor

The Department of Social and Psychological Foundation, School of Education, The City College of New York (CCNY).

Taught the following graduate courses:

*Introduction to Teaching Logo

*Computers, Instruction and Learning

*Seminar in Educational Research

Taught the following undergraduate courses:

*Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development

*Fieldwork to Child and Adolescent Development

*School Learning and Instruction

Developed and served as Director of the Center for Computers and Learninq at the City Colleqe of New York. The Center was engaged in research, training and service directed toward enhancing the effectiveness of computers in the teaching and learning processes. Special emphasis in the Center was on projects which respond to the complex educational needs of urban schools and which have the potential for facilitating computer use in classroom settings.

1988

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Seton Hall University, West Orange, NJ.

*Taught a graduate computer course, Logo, while an Assistant Professor at CCNY.

1985-1986

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Teachers College, Columbia University. 

*Taught a graduate course, Computing in the Elementary Curriculum, while an Assistant Professor at CCNY.

July, 1986

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Taught a graduate course in computing at the University of South Maine, in Gorham, Maine.

1984‑1985

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Teachers College, Columbia University. 

*Taught a graduate course, Computing in the Elementary Curriculum.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

*Taught an undergraduate course, Principles in Early Childhood. 

1983‑1984

Instructor

Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College. Columbia University.

Co‑taught the following graduate courses:

*Supervision in Preservice Teacher Education Programs

*Supervision for Elementary and Secondary Schools

*Models of Teaching

*Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School 

*Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Education

1982‑1983

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Caldwell College, Caldwell, NJ.

Taught the following undergraduate courses:

*Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

*Methods in Early Childhood Education

1981‑1982

Assistant Coordinator

Office of Student Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University.  Along with the Coordinator, I was responsible for student teaching placements in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

1980‑1981

Full‑time Doctoral Student

Teachers College, Columbia University.

1970‑1980

Preschool Teacher and Tenured Elementary School Teacher

Private preschool, Brookridge Preschool and Day Care Center, in Overland Park, Kansas; elementary school, Venable Elementary School, in Charlottesville, Virginia; and elementary schools, Goshen Elementary School and Central Elementary School in Rockbridge County, Virginia.  I taught three‑year‑olds, half-day and full-day kindergarten, first grade, first and second grade combination, and in a High School Graduation Equivalency program.

PUBLICATIONS

Books (3)

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (Ed.). (2010).  Adventures, fantasy and dreams in children’s literature. Cambridge, UK: Linton Atlantic Books. 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L., (Ed.). (2009). The education of young children, research and public policy. :

Cambridge, UK: Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd.  

Bolin, F.S. & Falk (McConnell), J. (Eds.). (1987). Teacher renewal, professional issues and personal choices. NY: Teachers College Press.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. Nicodemus Pioneer School Teacher Lulu Sadler Craig: In Her Words

 Anticipated completion date, spring 2017.

Chapters (13)

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2016).  Global Guidelines, Initiatives and a Case Study of the Responses of a Select Latin American Country, Peru, in the Provision of Early Childhood Education. In Educational Trends-A Symposium in Belize, Central America (v 2). P. Cook (Ed). UK: Cambridge Press.  Chapter 4. (In press) 

Williams, T. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2016).  Practices for Promoting Student Success: High-Impact Community Engagement Practices. In Educational Trends- A Symposium in Belize, Central America. (v. 2)  P. Cook (Ed). UK: Cambridge Press. Chapter 8. (In press)

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2016). Diversity in the Himalayan Mountains: Nepal, a Country of Sharp Contrasts: Geography, Culture, Society and the Education of its Children. In Guide to Early Childhood Education: Development, Design and Diversity. P. Cook (Ed). UK: Cambridge Press. Chapter 8. (in press)

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2014). Lewis Carroll’s “Alice”:  A Legacy from the University of Oxford, England. In Educational Trends: A Symposium in Belize, Central America. P. Cook (Ed). UK: Cambridge Press. 138-153.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Williams, T.L. (2014). Listening to the Voices of Students, a Transformation: Washburn University Study Abroad in Belize Program. In Educational Trends: A Symposium in Belize, Central America. P. Cook (Ed). UK: Cambridge Press. 156-181.

W. Jean Simpson  & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2013). Selected African American Pioneers of Early Childhood Education.  In Hidden History: American Pioneers of Early Childhood Education.  B. Hinitz (Ed). (pp. 143-158).  U.K.: Rutledge Press.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Farmer, M.W. (2010). The Authors of Oxford:  Adventures, Fantasy and Dreams in Children’s Literature.  In  Adventures, fantasy and dreams in children’s literature. (pp. 215-228). J.L. McConnell-Farmer (Ed.). Cambridge, UK: Linton Atlantic Books. 

McConnell, J. (2009).  A Wish for Our Children. In The education of young children, research and public policy. (p.   ). J.L. McConnell-Farmer, (Ed.).  Cambridge, UK: Linton Atlantic Books, Ltd.  

McConnell, J.L. & Reimond, L. (2006).  Art and the Brain.  In The Praeger Handbook Learning and the Brain, Vol. I. (pp. 71-14).  S. Feinstein (Ed.).  CT: Praeger Publ. 

McConnell, J.L., Hinitz, B.F., & Dye, G.A.  (2005). Implications of the 1993 Brown III Case on Topeka Public Schools.  In Brown v. Board of Education: Its’ Impact on Public Education 1954-2004. (pp. 49-66).  

D. Byrne (Ed.).  NY: Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.

Falk (McConnell), J. (1987). Computers and teachers: A chance for professional renewal. In F.S. Bolin and 

J. Falk (McConnell), (Eds.), Teacher renewal, professional issues and personal choice (pp. 130‑136). NY: Teachers College Press.

Falk (McConnell), J. (1987). For teachers: A dedication to reassessment and renewal. In F.S. Bolin and J. Falk (McConnell), (Eds), Teacher renewal, professional issues and personal choices (pp. ix‑xi). NY: Teachers College Press.

Falk (McConnell), J. & Park‑Kim, K. (1986). Your heritage: A data base teaching unit. In J. Hydrick, (Ed.), Ethics and excellence on computer education: Choice or mandate (pp. 136‑142). Rockville, Maryland: Computer Science Press.

Software Development

"Falk's (McConnell-Farmer’s Marble Pull Game." Developed for the Apple Ile computer and used as part of my dissertation research. Copyright protected, 1983. This was the first software developed to assess cooperative interactions among young children.

Peer‑Reviewed Articles (30)

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. Cook, P.R. & August, A.L. (2016). Young Children’s Rights to an Education, the Challenges in Belize, Central America. Forum for Public Policy. Accepted for publication.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2016). Reflections and Remembrances on High Impact Service Learning in the Washburn University Study Abroad in Belize Program.  International Accent. XV (2).

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2014). A Transformational Experience in Belize: Reflections and Resolutions . International Accent. XIII (2) 10-13.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L, (2013). Area Report: College of Arts and Sciences. Washburn University International Accents. XI (II) 3. http://www.washburn.edu/academics/international-programs/news-letters/fall-winter2012.pdf

McConnell-Farmer, J.L., Cook, P. & Farmer, MW. (2012). Perspectives in early childhood education: Belize, Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador and Peru.  Forum for Public Policy. 

http://forumonpublicpolicy.com/vol2012.no1/archive/farmer.pdf

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2011).  The Belize experience.  International Accents.  X, (1) 7.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2008). Transformation in Jamaica.  International Accent. VI (5) 8-9.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Dye, G.A. (2008). The keys to collaboration.  Kansas Child.  VII (4) 16, 19.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Fry, T.S.  (Winter, 2008). I’ll Be Your friend! Fostering friendships among children.  Kansas Child, 7(1), 6-8.   

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. (2006).  Bods abroad: Education students experience teaching Jamaican style.  International Accent, Washburn University. I (1) 3-4.

McConnell, J.L. & Hinitz, B.F. (February, 2005). In their words; A living history of the Brown Decision. Educational Studies,37(1)77-82. 

Coe, G. & McConnell, J.L. (September, 2004).  The Children of Cuba. Young Children, 59(5), 44-48.

McConnell, J.L., Dye, G.A., & Drum, K. T.  (Spring, 2004).  Take off! Launch into preschool literacy. Kansas Child, 4-5,15.

McConnell, J. L. & Reimond, L. (Spring, 2002). Creativity: The foundation for learning. The Lawrence Arts Center Preschool Newsletter, 3-4.

McConnell, J.L. (May 17, 2001) Who, why and how: Welcoming young children with special needs into your preschool. The Nassau Guardian. Bahamas 26-A.

McConnell, J.L. (2000, Winter). Strategies to foster positive self-esteem in young children, KITS (Kansas Institute for Teacher Services) Newsletter, 1,4-5.

Chavez, J. & McConnell, J.L. (2000). The implications of national policies in the United States, Brazil, El Salvador, and Peru on early childhood teacher education. The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 21 (2), 155-167.

Chavez, J. & McConnell, J.L. (1999). Reflections: Developing a successful early childhood and university partnership program. The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 20 (2), 81‑84.

McConnell, J.L. & Leon, K. (1999). Movement with 10. Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children Hand On Hand Newsletter, 1, p. 9. A partial reprint of the article, Get ready, get set, go with ten.

Engley, E. & McConnell, J.L. (1998). Selected aspects of public school programs for three and four year olds in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 19 (2), 125‑129.

McConnell, J.L. & Dye, G.A. (1998). The Support System: Ideas for Parents and Teachers in Helping Children with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities. Exceptional Parent, 28 (12), 69‑70.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. (1998). Children with Dyslexia: Tips for Parents. Exceptional Parent, 28 (2), 53‑55.

McConnell, J.L. & Leon, K. (1998). Get Ready, Get Set, Go with 10. Texas Child Care Ouarterly, 21 (4), 72‑73.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. (1997). Learning Through Rhyme. Teaching Exceptional Children,  29 (4), 72‑73.

McConnell, J.L., Lee, M.W. & Hinitz, B.F. (1997).  A Global Perspective: Learning with our Early Childhood Education Colleagues. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 18 (3), 49-54.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. (1996). Forest Gump in the College Classroom: A Cooperative Learning Activity. Cooperative Learning and College Teaching, 6 (3), 2‑4.

McConnell, J.L. (1995), Kindergarten in Kansas: A View from the Beginning. Journal of Education, 177 (3), 9‑22.

Falk (McConnell), J.L. & Aitken, L.T. (1991). Technology in Early Childhood Teacher Education: A survey. The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 12 (37), 5.

Falk (McConnell), J. L. & Park‑Kim, K. (1986). A Salute to the Statue of Liberty. Early Years, 16 (8), 55‑59.

Falk (McConnell), J. L. & Celesia, C. (1985). A Handy Chart that Links Basic Skills to Computer Use. Early Years, 16 (2), 42‑43.

Book Reviews (4)

McConnell, J.L. (1997). Starting from the child? Teaching and learning from 4 to 8. International Journal of Early Years Education, 5(3), 266‑267.

Falk (McConnell), J.L. (1994). Developing home‑school partnerships from concepts to practice. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, 15(2). 20‑21.

Falk (McConnell), J.L. (1991). Development profiles birth to six, The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 12 (39). 21‑22.

Falk (McConnell), J.L. (1988). Computer environments for children. Teachers Colleqe Record, 89(3). 441‑444.

Scholarly Acknowledgement Faulkner, D., (1996). Encouraging social collaboration through play the flourishing child. International Journal of Early Years Education. 4,(2). 81‑89. My assistance in editing the manuscript was noted.

Proceedings (4)

Editor and Contributor. Journal of the Citizen Ambassador Proqram Early Childhood Education Delegation to Cuba, January, 2001.

Editor and Contributor. Journal of the Citizen Ambassador Program Early Childhood Education Delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China. October, 1999.

Editor and Contributor. Journal of the Citizen Ambassador Program Early Childhood Education Delegation to Russia and the Czech Republic. March, 1998.

Editor and Contributor. Journal of the Citizen Ambassador Program Early Childhood Education Delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China. October, 1997.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM DEVELOPER AND DIRECTOR

Study Abroad in Belize Program (7)

Founder and Director. Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 27, 2016-January 9, 2017.  Ten participants will tutor children and volunteered in an orphanage in Belize City. They will tutor in La Isla Carinosa School, an island elementary school in Caye Caulker, Belize. They will attend the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a three-day conference and present a team-based Power Point. The study abroad program will be held in Belize City and Caye Caulker, Belize, Central America. More tha $1,120 pounds of donations will be brought to Belize including shoes, clothes, school supplies, teaching supplies and medical supplies. Proposed.

Founder and Director. Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 28, 2015-January 11, 2016.  Seventeen participants tutored children and volunteered in an orphanage in Belize City. They tutored in La Isla Carinosa School, an island elementary and middle school in Caye Caulker, Belize. They attended the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a four day conference and presented a team-based Power Point. The study abroad program was held in Belize City and Caye Caulker, Belize, Central America. More tha $1,190 pounds of donations were brought to Belize including shoes, clothes, school supplies, teaching supplies and medical supplies. 

Founder and Director. Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 28, 2014-January 12, 2015.  Twenty participants tutored children and volunteered in an orphanage in Belize City. They tutored in an island elementary and middle school, Roman Catholic in Caye Caulker (RCCC), Caye Caulker, Belize. They attended the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a four day conference and presented a team-based Power Point. The study abroad program was held in Belize City and Caye Caulker, Belize, Central America. 

Founder and Director . Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 28, 2013-January 10, 2014.  Twenty participants tutored children and volunteered in an orphanage in Belize City. They tutored in an island elementary and middle school, Roman Catholic in Caye Caulker (RCCC), Caye Caulker, Belize. They attended the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a four day conference and teams of students presented a Power Point presentation. The study abroad program was held in Belize City and Caye Calker, Belize, Central America. 

Founder and Director . Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 29, 2012-January 8, 2013.  Eighteen participants tutored children and volunteered in four orphanages in Belize City , Ladyville and Belmopan. They attended the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a three day conference and presented in the poster session. The study abroad program was held in Belize City, Ladyville, Belmopan and Caye Calker, Belize, Central America. 

Founder and Director . Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 29, 2011-January 7, 2012.  Participants tutored children and volunteered in a public and in a private orphanage in Belize City. They attended the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a three day conference and presented in the poster session. The study abroad program was held in Belize City, Belmopan, Ladyville, and Caye Calker, Belize, Central America. 

Founder and Director.  Study Abroad in Belize Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 28, 2010-January 5, 2011.  Twelve participants tutored children and volunteered in a public and in a private orphanage in Belize City. And Ladyville They also attended the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a three day conference. The study abroad program was held in Belize City, Ladyville, and San Pedro Island, Belize, Central America.

Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program (8)

Founder and Director. Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  January 1-17, 2010.  Eight participants taught in Sandy Bank Early Childhood Institution (preschool) for one week and Sandy Bank Primary and Elementary School for one week in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, West Indies.  

Founder and Director. Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  January 3-17, 2009.  Eleven participants taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for one week in Treasure Beach and one week in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.  

Founder and Director. Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  May 16-25, 2008.  Ten participants taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for one week in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, West Indies.  

Founder and Director. Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  January 5-22, 2008.  Eleven participants were in the program and taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for one week in Treasure Beach, and for one week in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.  

Founder and Director. Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program. Department of Education, Washburn University.  May, 2007.  Eleven participants were in the program and taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for one week in Treasure Beach and for one week in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.

Founder and Director. Student Study Abroad Program in Jamaica.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 29, 2006-January 15, 2007.  Ten participants were in the program and taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for one week in Treasure Beach and for one week in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.

Founder and Director. Student Study Abroad Program in Jamaica.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  May, 2006.  Five participants were in the program and taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for two weeks in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.

Founder and Director. Student Study Abroad Program in Jamaica.  Department of Education, Washburn University.  December 31, 2005-January 14, 2006.  Five participants were in the program and taught in the basic (preschool) and elementary schools for two weeks in Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.

CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

The Oxford Round Table, Oxford, University, Oxford, England (38)

International Round Table Symposium, Oxford University, Oxford, England (1)

Coordinator.  International Round Table Symposium: Childhood Issues and Education.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK., July 17-20, 2016.  Twenty-one participants representing the countries of Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, and Zambia are in attendance including participants from 16 states within the USA.  Fifteen papers and reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Round Table was on the topic of issues impacting children internationally.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK., March 20-23, 2016.  Twenty-one participants representing the countries of Belgium, Canada, China, India, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia, were in attendance including participants from 6 states within the USA.  Twenty papers and  reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of global implications of women and education.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Literature, Language and the Arts.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK., March 16-19, 2016.  Twenty participants representing the countries of  

Russia and South Africa were in attendance including participants from 9 states within the USA.  Eighteen papers and  reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topics of literature, language and the arts globally.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK., March 13-16, 2016.  Eighteen participants representing the countries of  Australia, Canada, Finland and Norway were in attendance including participants from 10 states within the USA. Fifteen papers and  reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of global apects of early childhood education

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK, July 19-22, 2015.  Twenty-five participants representing the countries of  Australia, Canada, China, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Zambia were in attendance including participants from 14 states within the USA.  Eighteen papers and reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of issues in childhood education

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK. March 22-26, 2015.  Sixteen participants representing the countries of Canada, Argentina, Australia, Japan, Philippines and the United States were in attendance including participants from 8 states within the USA.  Ten papers and reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of the internationalization of women in educational settings. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood, Language, Literature and the Arts.  Harris Manchester College.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK. March 15-19, 2015.  Thirty-nine participants representing the countries of Australia, Canada, Croatia, Nigeria, The Czech Republic, Singapore, Lebanon, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates were in attendance including participants from 12 states within the USA.  Twenty-nine papers and reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of the globalization of early childhood 

education, language, literature and the arts. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Issues.  Brasnose College.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 27-31, 2014.  Twenty-one participants representing the countries of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, the Peoples Republic of China and the United States were in attendance including participants from 13 states within the USA.  Twenty-two papers and  reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of global issues in childhood. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education.  Harris Manchester College.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 16-20, 2014.  Thirty-eight participants from  14 different countries and 17 states within the USA.  Twenty-nine papers and  reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of  international childhood education. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Education.  Brasnose College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 4-8, 2013.  Twenty participants from the USA represented 8 states.  Thirteen papers and  reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of research, issues and trends in education.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 11-15, 2012.  Twenty-nine participants from the USA representing 22 states and the countries of Austrailia, Canada and Nigeria attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Twenty-nine paper and twenty-nine reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of young children’s behavior, development and education.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in History, an Interdisciplinary Perspective,. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5-9, 2012.  Nine participants from the USA representing 9 states attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Nine papers and nine reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on women in history.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 29-August 2, 2012.  Eight participants from the USA representing 8 states and the country of Japan attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Nine papers and nine reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of childhood education.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s History.  Mansfield College and Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 31-August 5, 2011.  Twenty-four participants from the USA representing 12 states, Canada, Italy, Poland and Taiwan attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Twenty-one paper and Twenty reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women’s history.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Progress and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 20-25, 2011.  Twenty-two participants from the USA representing twelve states and one participant from England attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Twelve papers and twelve reflective discussions were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women’s experiences in university settings.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 13-18, 2011.  Twenty-two participants from the USA representing fourteen states and the countries of Canada, India and Germany attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Twenty papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of children’s literature on a global scale.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the University, Problems and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 11-16, 2010.  Fourty-six participants from the USA representing twenty-eight states and one participant from Russia attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Thirty-three papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women’s experiences in university settings.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Literacy, Fueling a Movement.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 4-9, 2010.  Fourty-eight participants from the USA representing twenty-three states and the countries of Austrailia, France, Germany and Japan attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Thirty-one papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on Literacy in the lives of young children, birth through age ten.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in Literature, the 19TH and 20TH Centuries.  Wadham College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 14-19, 2010. Thirty-three participants from the USA representing twenty-three states attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Twenty-six papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table. The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women authors of the 19TH and 20TH Centuries.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy: Prospects and Promises.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 12-17, 2009.  Twenty-eight participants from the USA representing twenty-nine states attended the Round Table (Conference).  An additional delegate represented British Columbia, Canada. Eighteen papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women in higher education, prospects for promotions and and promises for more woment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Co-Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s Careers: The Presumptions and Burdens of Proof.  Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  June 5-10, 2009.  Forty-two  participants from the USA representing twenty-five states attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  In addition one delegate was from South Africa and another delegate from Nigeria. Thirty-one papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women in varying careers, the “glass ceiling” and limitations to salary-raises and promotions.

Co-Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table:  The Conundrum of Autism, Current Thinking on its Causes and

Potential Cures.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 22-27, 2009.  Fifteen participants from the USA representing eleven states attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Eight papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of autism in the lives of children, adolescents and adults.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature: Allusions to Culture and Religion Since 1850.  Pembroke College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 15-20, 2009.  There were Forty-seven participants from twenty-six states within the USA and one participant from the country of Japan. Thirty-eight papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on allusions to culture and religion in children’s literature published since the 1850’s.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child Poverty, Educational Initiatives and Consequences.  Harris Manchester College and The Oxford Union, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 27-August 1, 2008.  Thirty participants from the USA, Japan, and England attended the Oxford  Round Table (Conference).  The participants from the USA represented twenty-two states.  Twenty-three papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of child poverty from an international perspective.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Achieving Education Quality, an Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 20-25, 2008.   Thirty-seven participants from the USA, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, and Poland attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  The participants from the USA represented eighteen states.  Thirty papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of educational quality and leadership. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Modern World, the Struggle for Equality.  Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 17-21, 2008.  Fifty-nine participants from the USA attended, the Oxford Round Table (Conference), representing eighteen states and eight countries.  Forty-six papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of women’s rights, studies and research.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood, Ensuring Opportunity and Quality.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 9-14, 2008.  Thirty-five educators from the USA, representing twelve states and four countries attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference).  Twenty papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was on the topic of early childhood education, quality of opportunities for the future. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 8-12, 2007 Thirty-six educators from the USA attended the Oxford Round Table (Conference) representing twenty-three states.  Twenty-five papers were presented at the Oxford Round Table.  The focus of the Oxford Round Table was the topic of literacy, birth-adulthood.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Principals and Superintendents.  Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 15-20, 2007. Forty-two principals and superintendents from twenty-six states in the USA attended.  Thirty-five papers were presented at the Round Table (Conference).  The focus of the Round Table was the topic of leadership in school settings.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child and Adolescent Psychology and Counseling.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.  March 18-22, 2007.   Thirty-one professionals from the United States and Canada attended the Round Table (Conference).  Eighteen papers were presented at the Round Table. The focus of the Round Table was child and adolescent psychology and counseling, currently and in the future.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.  March 11-16, 2007.  Thirty-one preschool and elementary school professionals from the United States attended the Round Table (Conference).  Eighteen papers were presented at the Round Table.  The focus of the Round Table was early years literacy.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 23-28, 2006.  Thirty-six educators from the USA attended, The Round Table (Conference), representing twenty-three states.  Twenty-five papers were presented at the Round Table. The focus of the Round Table was the topic of literacy, birth-adulthood.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology.  Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 16-21, 2006.  Forty-two psychologists from twenty-six states in the USA attended the Round Table (Conference).  Thirty-five papers were presented at the Round Table. The focus of the Round Table was the topic of child psychology, history and research.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood.  Exeter College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 12-17, 2006.  Thirty-one preschool and elementary school professionals from the United States and Canada attended the Round Table (Conference).  Eighteen papers were presented at the Round Table.  The focus of the Round Table was early literacy in international educational settings. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First.  St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 31-August 5, 2005.  Twenty-five delegates attended the Round Table (Conference) from seventeen states.  Seventeen papers were presented at the Round Table.  The focus of the Round Table was research and the current status of the legislation, Reading First.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology.  Oriel College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 24-29, 2005. Thirty delegates, school psychologists, professors of education, and elementary school guidance counselors from eighteen states attended the Round Table (Conference).  Seventeen papers were presented at the Round Table. The focus of the Round Table was child psychology from an international perspective.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education.  Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 27-April 1, 2005. Thirty delegates from twenty different states attended the Round Table (Conference).  Eighteen papers were presented at the Round Table. The focus of the Round Table was literacy among young children. 

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. March 28-April 2, 2004.  Twenty-seven early childhood educators representing eighteen states in the USA attended the Round Table (Conference).  Twenty papers were presented at the Round Table. The focus of the Round Table  was literacy in early childhood education.

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. March 23-28, 2003.  Thirty-six early childhood professionals represented twenty-three states from the USA attended the Round Table (Conference).  Twenty-one papers were presented at the Round Table.  The focus of the Round Table was early childhood literacy.

Other Conferences (12)

Co‑coordinator of  The Washburn University Early Childhood Education Conference: The Creative Journey. Washburn University, Topeka, KS. June, 1998.

Co‑coordinator of  The Kansas Learning Disabilities Association 1997 Annual Conference, Overland Park, KS. November, 1997.

University Co‑coordinator of  The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children 1995 Annual Conference at Washburn University, Topeka, KS. October, 1995.

Co‑coordinator along with the Flint Hills Teachers Association, our Division sponsorship of  The 1992 Kansas Education of Younq Children Conference at Emporia State University. Emporia, KS. October, 1992.

Co‑coordinator of   The 2nd Annual New Jersey Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators Meeting. East Brunswick, NJ. October, 1991.

Co‑coordinator of The 17th Annual Symposium on the Young Child, Fostering Thinkinq Skill.  Tri‑state conference. William Paterson College. Wayne, NJ. April 27, and May 4, 1991.

Co‑coordinator of  The 1st Annual New Jersey Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators Meeting. East Brunswick, NJ. October, 1990.

Co‑coordinator of  The 16th Annual Symposium of the Young Child Issues in the 90’s: Assessment, Curriculum, Empowerment. Tri‑state conference.William Paterson State College. Wayne, NJ. May, 1990.

Co‑coordinator of  The 15th Annual Symposium of the Young Child Developmentally Appropriate Practices: Time to Interpret and Act. Tristate conference. William Paterson State College. Wayne, NJ. April 29 and 

May 6, 1989.

Coordinator of  The Schools’ Responsibility Preparing Students in the Age of Computer Technology. State‑wide Conference. Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ. March 31 and April 7, 1984.

Co‑director of  Teaching, Reassessment and Renewal. International Eight‑day Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. New York City, NY. July, 1984.

Coordinator of Microcomputers, Electronic Toys and Genius Machines Early Childhood Education. International Conference held at Teachers College, Columbia University. New York City, NY. 

June 29‑July 1, 1983.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM ADVISER

Oversees Advisor.  The Association for Childhood Education Practitioners, Nigera, Africa (ACEP).

Board Member. Institute of Global Harmony (IGH). Sardarshahr, Rajasthan, India.

International Member.  Symposium Programme Committee Adviser.  The Belizean International Symposium on Education.  Belize City, Belize, Central America. 

Advisor. Nepal Education Support Trust USA (NESTUSA)

Oversees Program Advisor, Board Member.  The Association for Childhood Education Practitioners, Nigeria (ACEP).  Nigeria, Africa. 

Co-Chair.  International Planning Committee for the 2015 OMEP-World (Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire) World Assembly and Conference, July 27-August 1, 2015.  Washington D.C.

Advisory Board Member The Forum, Journal of the Oxford Round Table.  Manchester College, 

Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.

Advisor to the Nepal Education Support Trust USA (NESTUSA)

Programme Advisor.  The Belizean International Symposium on Education. Belize City, Belize, Central America.  December 27, 2009- January 6, 2010;  December 29, 2010-January 6, 2011; December 28, 2011- January 7, 2012;  December 28, 2012-January 8,  2013; December 28, 2013-January 10, 2014; December 28, 2014-January 12, 2015; December 28, 2015-January 11, 2016; and, December 27, 2016-January 9, 2017 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (I am the sole presenter, if my name is not listed)

International (139 presentations)

“Wishes for my Grandchildren in Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 20, 2016. 

“Through the Looking Glass in Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 19, 2016. 

"Disney through Alice's Looking-glass".  2016 OMEP World Assembly and International Conference. Seoul, South Korea, July 6, 2016. 

“Lewis Carrol’s Alice as a Girl in Oxford, England”. The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 22, 2016.

“Wishes for my Grandchildren”. The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 22, 2016.

“Classic Literature of Lewis Carrroll in Historic Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Literature, Language and the Arts. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 18, 2016.

“Wishes for my Grandchildren”. The Oxford Round Table: Literature, Language and the Arts. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 18, 2016.

“Lewis Carroll’s Oxford Through Alice’s Eyes”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 15, 2016.

“Wishes for my Grandchildren”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 15, 2016. 

“Global Guidelines and Initiatives in Early Childhood Education”. The 7th Belizean International Symposium on Education. Belize City, Belize, Central America. January 4, 2016.

Cook, P. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. “Abroad Visitations’. World OMEP 64th Conference, Washington DC, July 31, 2015.  

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Cook, P.  “Belize, Central America: Young Children’s Rights to an Education”. World OMEP 64th Conference, Washington DC. July 29, 2015. 

“Wishes for my Grandchildren”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 22, 2015. 

“Lewis Carroll and ‘Alice’: His Life and Works in Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 21, 2015. 

“A Wish for my Granddaughters: The Lives of Women”. The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 24, 2015.

“Tweddledum and Tweetledee: Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland of Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 23, 2015.

“An International View of Women in Education”. The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 22, 2015.

“A Wish for my Grandson: Knowing Young Children”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education, Literature, Language and the Arts.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 18, 2015.

“Curiouser and Curiouser: Lewis Carroll’s Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education, Literature, Language and the Arts. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, England. March 17, 2015.

“An International View of the Education of Childhood”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education, Literature, Language and the Arts. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 15, 2015.

“Lessons from my Travels: Perspectives on Early Childhood Education in China, India and Nepal”. Keynote Address. The Belizean International Symposium on Education. Belize City, Belize, Central America. January 2, 2015. Keynote Address. 

 “A Wish for my Grandchildren: The Issues Surrounding the Lives of Young Children”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Issues. Brasnose College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 31, 2014.

“Oxford: Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Issues. Brasnose College, Oxford University. July 29, 2014.

“A World of Issues in the Education of Young Children”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Issues. Brasnose College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 27, 2014.

Simpson, J. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. “Pioneers Who Made a Difference in Learning for Young Children.” The OMEP World International Conference. Cork, Ireland. July 2, 2014. 

“A Wish for my Grandchildren: The Essence of Childhood Education”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 20, 2014.

“Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Oxford”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. March 18, 2014.

“What we know About Childhood and Education for Young Children”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 16, 2014.

 “A Passage through India and Nepal:  From the Gathering of Street Children to a School in the Himalayas”. The Belizean International Symposium on Education.  The University of Belize, Belmopan, Belize, Central America.  January 3, 2014.

“Lewis Carroll’s “Alice”:  A Legacy from Oxford, England”.   The Belizean International Symposium on Education. Belize City, Belize, Central America. January 2, 2014.

“Challenge in the Himalayas: Preschool Education and Teacher Training in Kathmandu, Nepal”. The Belizean International Symposium on Education. Belize, Central America. January 2, 2013

“A Wish for my Grandson:  The Essence of Education.”  The Oxford Round Table: Education.  Brasnose College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 8, 2013.  

“The Changing Face of Education.”  The Oxford Round Table: Education.  Brasnose College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5, 2013.  

“A Wish for my Granddaughter: A History of Determined and Skilled Women”. The Oxford Round Table: Women in History, an Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 9, 2012.  

“Women in History, an Interdisciplinary Perspective”. The Oxford Round Table: Women in History, an Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5, 2012.  

“A Wish for my Grandson: Childhood and Beyond”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 2, 2012.  

“The Changing Face of Childhood”. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 29, 2012.  

“Reflections and Applications: Piaget and Kohlberg, a Relationship to Philosophy for Children”.  Keynote Address. First Annual Student Learning Conference.  Saint Xavior’s School.  Kathmandu, Nepal.  July 21, 2012.

“Preschool Literacy:  Strategies and Techniques for Creative Instruction.  Lalitpur Madhyamik Vidyalaya School.  Lalitpur, Nepal.  July 25, 2012.

“Integrating Learning and Literacy in the Preschool Curriculum”. Lalitpur Madhyamik Vidyalaya School. Lalitpur, Nepal. July 26, 2012.

“A Wish for my Grandson, Early Childhood and Beyond”.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 15, 2012.  

“The Children of Cuba: A Literacy Revolution”.  The Belizean International Symposium on Education.  Belize City, Belize, Central America. January 4, 2012.

“Early Childhood, Reviewing the Past and Anticipating the Future”. The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood,. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 11, 2012.  

“The History of Women, Not Only in the Past”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s History.  Mansfield College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 1, 2011.  

“A Wish for my Granddaughter: The Relevance of the History of Women”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s History.  Mansfield College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5, 2011.  

Cook, P. and McConnell-Farmer, J.L. "Assessing a Transformational Experience in Belize, Central America".  The University of Windsor-Oakland University Fifth Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning.  The University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. May 19-20, 2011. 

“A Wish for my Granddaughter, Access and Prospects”.   The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Progress and Prospects. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 24, 2011.  

“Progress and Prospect of Women in the Academy, Our Work Ahead”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Progress and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 20, 2011.  

“A Wish for my Grandson, Children’s Literature: Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy”. The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 17, 2011.

“A Response to Children’s Literature”. The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 13, 2011.

“The Problems and Prospects of Women in the University”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the University, Problems and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 12, 2010.  

 “A Wish for my Granddaughter, Women in the University”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the University, Problems and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 16, 2010.  

“Fueling a Movment for Early Literacy in the Development of Children”.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Literacy, Fueling a Movement.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 5, 2010.  

“A Wish for my Granddaughter, Early Childhood Literacy”.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Literacy, Fueling a Movement.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 9, 2010.  

“A Wish for My Granddaughter”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in Literature, the 19TH and 20TH Centuries.  Wadham College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 18, 2010.  

“Women in Literature, Our Sisters in the 19TH and 20TH Centuries”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in Literature, the 19TH and 20TH Centuries.  Wadham College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 14, 2010.  

“Learning Methodologies in Cuba and Jamaica”.  The Belizean International Symposium on Education.  Belize City, Belize, Central America. December 29, 2009.

“Women in Higher Education, STEP and Other Possibilities Which are Ours”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy: Prospects and Promises.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. July13, 2009.

“A Wish for My Granddaughter: Concluding Remarks”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy: Prospects and Promises.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 16, 2009.

“The Glass Ceiling and Glass Elevator: Challenges and Possibilities for Women in the Work Place”. The Oxford Round Table: Women’s Careers: The Presumptions and Burdens of Proof.  The Oxford Union, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. July 6, 2009.

“A Wish for My Granddaughter: Our Week in Review”. The Oxford Round Table: Women’s Careers: The Presumptions and Burdens of Proof.  The Oxford Union, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. July 9, 2009.

“A Wish for my Grandson, Conclusion to the Week.”  The Oxford Round Table: The Conundrum of Autism,  Current Thinking on its Causes and Potential Cures.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 26, 2009.  

“The Lives of Young Children with Autism.”  The Oxford Round Table: The Conundrum of Autism, Current Thinking on its Causes and Potential Cures.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 23, 2009.  

“A Wish for my Grandson, A Summary of our Week Together.”  The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature: Allusions to Culture and Religion Since 1850.  Pembroke College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 20, 2009.

“A Look Forward While Looking Back in Literature for Children.”  The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature: Allusions to Culture and Religion Since 1850.  Pembroke College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 16, 2009.

“A Wish for my Grandson, A Summary of our Week Together.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Poverty, Educational Initiatives and Consequences.  The Oxford Union, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 31, 2008.   

 “An International Perspective, The Poverty of Children.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Poverty, Educational Initiatives and Consequences. The Oxford Union, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 29, 2008.   

 “Our Duty to the Children in Poverty.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Poverty, Educational Initiatives and Consequences. The Oxford Union, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 28, 2008.   

“A Wish for my Grandson, Concluding Remarks.”  The Oxford Round Table: Achieving Education Quality, an Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 24, 2008.  

 “N.C. L.B:  the Spirit and Reality.”  The Oxford Round Table: Achieving Education Quality, an Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 23, 2008.   

 “Educational Leadership: In the Present and for the Future.”  The Oxford Round Table: Achieving Education Quality, an Interdisciplinary Perspective.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 21, 2008.   

 “A Wish for my Grandson, Concluding  Remarks.”  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Modern World, the Struggle for Equality. Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 20, 2008.

“Women’s Rights: The Oxford Round Table Continues with You.”  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Modern World, the Struggle for Equality. Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 19, 2008.

“The Rights of Women: Research and Possibilities.”  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Modern World, the Struggle for Equality. Lincoln College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 18, 2008.

 “A Wish for My Grandson, Summarizing Our Work Together.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education, Ensuring Opportunity and Quality. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 13, 2008.

“Overview: Trends and Issues in Global Early Childhood Education.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education, Ensuring Opportunity and Quality. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 10, 2008.

“Transformational Experience in Jamaica.” The WOW (Wonderful Opportunities Waiting) Series.  Invited Speaker, University of Warwick.  Coventry, UK. March 6, 2008. 

“Reading First:  First Things First.” The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 8, 2007. 

“Reading First: What I Wish for my Grandson.”  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 13, 2007. 

“School Administration:  Moving Ahead by Looking Back.”  The Oxford Round Table: Principals and Superintendents. St. Anne’s College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 15, 2007. 

“The Journey of Administration:  Research and Application.”  The Oxford Round Table: Principals and Superintendents. Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 20, 2007. 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L., Wolfersberger, M., Falk, M., Kopper, S., May, K., Sink, K., Snethen, D., Thayer, N., & J. Underwood. “For Teachers of Grades 1-6:  Literacy Skills and Enrichment Strategies.”  Sandy Bank Primary School.  Treasure Beach, Jamaica, West Indies.  May 25, 2007.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L.; Wolfersberger, M., Falk, M., Kopper, S., May, K., Sink, K., Snethen, D., Thayer, N., & J. Underwood. “Making Literature Connections with Hospitalized Children.”  Mandeville Regional Hospital.  Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.  May 17, 2007.

“Child Psychology: Wishes for My Grandson.” The Oxford Round Table: Child and Adolescent Psychology and Counseling. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 22, 2007.

“Child Psychology: The Value of Research.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child and Adolescent Psychology and Counseling. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 18, 2007.

“Early Childhood: Research and Practice.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 15, 2007.

“Early Childhood Education: Research and Practice.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 11, 2007.

“Reading First:  Strategies and Adapations for Learning. “ The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 28, 2006. 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Wolfersberger, M. “An Effective Adaptation of a Comprehension Strategy with Jamaican Preschool and Primary Grade Students.”  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 27, 2006. 

“Reading First: Programs and Practices.”  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 24, 2006. 

“Child Psychology:  Where are We and Where are We Going?”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology. Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 21, 2006

“Child Psychology:  Research and Application.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology. Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 17, 2006. 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L.; Wolfersberger, M.; Hitchens, S.; Jacobs, K.;  Pierce, E. & D. Saunders. “Lessons and Materials for Teaching Five Year-Olds”.  Teachers of Five Year-Olds. Church Teacher’s College.  Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.  May 26, 2006.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L.; Wolfersberger, M.; Hitchens, S.; Jacobs, K.;  Pierce, E. & D. Saunders

“Making Literature Connections with Elementary-Aged Children.”  Mandeville Regional Hospital.  Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.  May 25, 2006.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Wolfersberger, M.  “Literacy Lessons for At-Risk Learners.”  Hanbury House Orphanage.  Mandeville, Jamaica, West Indies.  May 23, 2006.

Lessons on  Literacy in the Classrooms: Reflections from the United States and Canada.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Exeter College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 17, 2006.

“Early Childhood Literacy Instruction: Starting from the Beginning.” The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Exeter College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 13, 2006.

McConnell, J.L. , Coe, G., Chavez, J.M. , & Oshodi, A.I. “International Perspectives in Early Childhood Education: Reflections of Practice in Latin America and Africa.”  The International Early Years Conference. University of Warwick.  Coventry, UK.  March 22, 2005.

“Assessing Where to Begin:  Early Childhood Literacy Instruction.” The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 28, 2005.

“Advocating  for a Research Agenda in Early Literacy.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 31, 2005.

“A Research Agenda for Child Psychology.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology. Oriel College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 28, 2005. 

“The Future for the Child in Child Psychology.”  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology. Oriel College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 25, 2005.

“Reading First:  Past, Present, and Future.”  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 2, 2005.

“Where To Go From Here With Reading First. “ The Oxford Round Table: Reading First. Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5, 2005.

“Literacy Acquisition among Young Children : A Comparison Between The United States and the United Kingdom.” The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 29, 2004.

“Where Do We Go From Here?  Developing a Research  Agenda for Early Literacy Instruction.” The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. 

April 1, 2004. 

“ An Investigation of Emerging Literacy in the Education of Young Children:  The United States and the United Kingdom.” The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 28, 2003.

“Introduction to Early Years Instruction in the United Kingdom.”  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 23, 2003.

“Defining and Documenting the Rights of Children with Disabilities. (Round Table Discussant)  The Oxford Round Table: Anti-Discrimination Measures in Protecting Persons with Disabilities. Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 22, 2002.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. “Collaboration Strategies: The University’s Joint Responsibility and Accountability in Protecting Persons with Disabilities.”  The Oxford Round Table: Anti-Discrimination Measures in Protecting Persons with Disabilities. Lincoln College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  

March 21, 2002.

McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J.M.  “Philosophy for Children: A Preliminary Study of Four-Year-Old Children.” (poster session)  The International Early Years Conference. University of Warwick.  Coventry, UK.  March 18, 2002.

“National Policies and Training Frameworks for Early Years Education and Care.” (Chair of the symposium)  The International Early Years Conference.  University of Warwick. Coventry, UK.  March 18, 2002.

McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J.M. “The Implication of National Policies in The United States, Brazil, El Salvador and Peru on Early Childhood Education.”  The International Early Years Conference. University of Warwick. Coventry, UK.  March 18, 2002.

McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J.M. “Technology and the Early Childhood Education Teacher.”   ITiRA (Information Technology in Regional Areas) 2002 Conference. Central Queensland University. Rockhampton, Australia.  August 28, 2002.

"Young Children in Cuba: What to Expect and Where to Look." Nassau, Bahamas; "The Revolution Continues; Early Childhood Education in Cuba." Havana, Cuba; and "Implications of National Policies in Cuba Compared to Other Latin Countries." Cienfuegos, Cuba. The Early Childhood Delegation to Cuba. The People to People Organization International. January, 2001.

McConnell, J.L. & Coe, G. "Who, Why, and How: Welcoming Young Children with Special Needs into YOUR Preschool." (keynote address)  Safeguarding Our Children’s Early Development. The Bahamas Child Care and Preschool Association Annual Conference. Nassau, the Bahamas. May, 2001.

"A Circle of Children: Transition and Circle Time Activities that Work!"  Safequarding Our Children's Early Development. The Bahamas Child Care and Preschool Association Annual Conference. Nassau, the Bahamas.  May, 2001.

"Professional Development in Diverse Contexts 1." (Chair, panel) and McConnell, J.L & Chavez, J. "Early Childhood Teaching Training in Selected Areas of the World: An International Experience." The Third Warwick International Early Years Conference. University of Warwick. Coventry, UK. April, 1999.

"Learning from Goals 2000." Shanghai, China; "Looking into the Millennium: Early Childhood Education in the United States." Beijing, China; and "Storytelling in the United States: Lessons to Share." Gengcun, China. The Early Childhood Deleqation to The Peoples' Republic of China. The People to People Organization International. October, 1999.

Chavez, J. & McConnell, J.L. "Preschool Education in the United States: A Discussion of the Standards and Philosophies that have Influenced the Development of Early Childhood Education Programs in the United States." McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J., "A Major Reform Effort in the United States: The High/Scope Curriculum Methodology." The 9th International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children International Conqress on Philosophies in Schools. Brasilia, Brazil. July, 1999.

"Perestroika (Reconstruction) and Glasnost (Openness) in Early Childhood Education." Moscow, Russia; "Creativity and Problem Solving in Early Childhood Curricula." St. Petersburg, Russia; and "What Lessons Have We Learned From Our Young Children in the United States, Russia, and the Czech Republic? Discussion and Clarification." Prague, the Czech Republic. The Early Childhood Delegation to Russia and the Czech Republic,The People to People Organization International. March, 1998.

"Curriculum Considerations: The Peoples' Republic of China and the United States." Beijing, China; "A United States of America Model for Effective Curriculum in Early Childhood Education." Nanjing, China; "Comparing Curriculum Approaches in Early Childhood Education." Suzhou, China; and "Looking at Our Cultures, Looking at Our Similarities in Early Childhood Education." Shanghai, China. The Early Childhood Delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China, The People to People Orqanization International. October, 1997.

"A Centenary Celebration of the Work of Piaget: Looking at Constructivism Through the Eyes of Young Children." and "Constructivism in Early Childhood Education: A Celebration of Learning." (poster session) Learning for Life: Centenary Celebration of the Work of Piaget and Vygotsky, The Second Warwick International Early Years Conference. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. March, 1996.

"Piagetian Theory in Action: A Model of the High/Scope Educational Approach in the United States."; "Common Concerns, Common Problems: A Reflection on the United States/Spain Conference on Education."; "ToTo, I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore."; and "Prince of Peace Child Care Center: A Model of the High Scope Educational Approach in the United States." (poster session) The Joint United States/Spain Conference on Education, The People to People Orqanization International. Barcelona, Spain. December, 1995.

Note: My responsibilities in China (twice), Cuba, The Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom included giving several speeches (introductory, summative, and concluding remarks on presentations) before the delegations and the general membership at the meetings. I did not include these remarks under the "Conference Presentations, International " section of this document.

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Cook, P.R. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. “Guiding Children and Community through School Engagements with Study Abroad Learning Experiences“ OMEP-USA (World Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire) Meeting.. Los Angles, CA. November 3, 2016. 

“Walt Disney and Lewis Carroll: Literary Men of their Centuries”. National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. Los Angles, CA. November 4, 2016. 

Charles Dodgson’s life as Lewis Carroll at Oxford University and his writings of “Alice”.  National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Orlando, FL. November 18-21, 2015.

“Lewis Carroll: "Alice" and his Life at Christ Church College, Oxford University”  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. Dallas, TX. November 8, 2014.

“A History in Oxford, England: Lewis Carroll’s Alice.”  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. Washington DC. November 23, 2013.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Cook, P. “A Brief History of Early Childhood Education in Belize, Central America.”  National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Atlanta, GA. November 9, 2012.  

“Voices of a Plantiff and Voices of Plantiffs’ Children: The Historical Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education I, II, and III.”  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Orlando, FL. November 4, 2011.  

“A Day in Nicodemus: Interviews with Mommy, 106 years old; Son, 82 years old; and his Favorite Classroom Teacher, 100 years old.”  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Anaheim, CA. November 5, 2010.  

Dye, G & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. “A Decade of Reflective Collaboration: A Professional Journey” .  Learning Disabilities Association of America 47TH Annual International Conference.  Baltimore, MD. February 18, 2010.

Fennimore, B. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L.  “The Life of Dr. Leslie Rowell Williams: Childhood and Early Teen Experiences of an Extraordinary Early Childhood Educator”.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Washington DC. November 20, 2009.  

Dye, G. & McConnell, J.L. "Collaborative Teaching: Possibilities, Promises and Problems"

Learning Disabilities Association of America 46th Annual International Conference. Salt Lake City, UT. February 25, 2009.  

“Lula Sadler Craig: Pioneer School Teacher in Nicodemus, Kansas.”  The National Association for the 

Education of Young Children Conference.  Dallas, TX. November 8, 2008.

Dye, G. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L. "Collaborative Teaching: What Makes it Work? Lessons Learned!"

Learning Disabilities Association of America 45th Annual International Conference. Chicago, IL. February 28, 2008.  

"African-American Children of the Plains: A History of Education in Nicodemus, Kansas." The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Chicago, IL. November 9, 2007.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell-Farmer, J.L.  "Perspectives of Collaboration in the Classroom: Year One Survey Results."  National Learning Disabilities 44th Annual International Conference.  Pittsburgh, PA. February 15, 2007.

“Integration at Last, in 1999: Implications of the Brown v. Board of Education Cases I, II, and III on the Young Children of Topeka.”   The National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Washington D.C. December 9, 2005.

“ToTo, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore:  Washburn University’s Student Study Abroad Program in Jamaica.”  OMEP (Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire) Conference.  Washington D.C.  December 8, 2005.

Dye, G.A. &  McConnell, J.L. “Student Perceptions in Collaboration in Higher Education. “  Learning Disabilities Association of America 42st Annual International Conference.  Reno, NV.  March 2, 2005.

Dye, G. & McConnell, J.L.  “Collaboration as a Change Agent in Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Licensure.”  Learning Disabilities Association of American 41st Annual International Conference.  Atlanta, GA  March 17, 2004.

DeLuccie, M. & McConnell, J.L. Together We Can: Enhancing Professional Development Through the work of the Early Childhood Higher Education (ECHO) Consortium.  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Anaheim, CA.  November 12, 2004.

“From the Inside: The Participants Speak” (panel), The History Society of Education Meeting.  Kansas City, MO.  November 6, 2004

McConnell, J.L. & Hinitz, B.F.  “The Participants Speak: The Impact of the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education.” (panel organizers)  The History Society of Education Meeting.  Kansas City, MO. November 6, 2004.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. “Collaborative Programs Impacting Individuals with Disabilities.” Learning Disabilities Association of America 40th Annual International Conference.  Chicago, IL. February 27, 2003.

Lindeman, D., Horn, E., Mitchell, L., McConnell, J. & York, M. “Building Resources to Implement a Unified Early Childhood Education Licensure: The Kansas Experience.”  Division for Early Childhood Conference (DEC).  Washington DC. October 14, 2003.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. “A Model for Collaboration in Teacher Education.” 

The Learning Disabilities Conference Association International Conference. Reno, NV.  February, 2000.

McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J. “Early Childhood Education in Peru, Brazil, and Spain: A Comparative Analysis." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Spring Conference. San Francisco, CA. June, 2000.

Chavez, J. & McConnell, J.L. "Innovative Early Childhood Education Programs in Australia, Brazil, and Mexico." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 2000 Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. November, 2000.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. "Modeling Collaboration in Higher Education: Linking Training in Special and Early Childhood Education." The Learning Disabilities Association International Conference. Atlanta, GA. February, 1999.

McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J. "The Implications of National Policies in the United States, Brazil, El Salvador, and Peru on Early Childhood Teacher Education."  TheNational Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1999 Conference. New Orleans, LA. November, 1999.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. "Teacher Preparation: Summarizing the Issues." (panel) The Learning Disabilities Association International Conference. Washington DC. March, 1998.

McConnell, J.L. & Chavez, J. "Unforgettable Experiences with Early Childhood Educators Around the World." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators‑ACCESS 1998 Spring Conference. 

Miami, FL. June, 1998.

Chavez, J. & McConnell, J.L. "Reflections on Developing Successful Early Childhood and University Partnerships Programs." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1998 Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada. November, 1998.

"1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, Reflections of a Child: Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson." The 26th National Association for the Education of Young Children 1998 Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada. November, 1998.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. "Special Education and Early Childhood Education Collegiality: An Umbrella of Support." Learning Disability Association International Conference. Chicago, IL. February, 1997.

McConnell, J.L., Chavez, J. & Lee, M. "Reconceptualizing Careers in Child Development, A Cross‑Cultural Comparison: California, Great Britain, and Spain." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators‑ACCESS 1997 Spring Conference. Seattle, WA. June, 1997.

Chavez, J. & McConnell, J.L. "Teacher Education Beyond Our Own Boarders, The Spanish Solution." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1997 Annual Conference. Anaheim. CA. November, 1997.

"1954 Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, Reflections of a Child: Linda Brown Thompson." The 25th National Association for the Education of Young Children 1997 Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. 

November, 1997.

"Learning for Life Centenary Celebration of the Work of Piaget, A Review of the Second Warwick International Early Years Conference." Constructivist Early Childhood Teacher Education: Centennial Celebration of Piaget's Life, The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1996 Spring Conference. Minneapolis, MN. June, 1996.

"Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in the United States and Spain: A Descriptive Study." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1996 Annual Conference. Dallas, TX. November, 1996.

"A Former Student Reflects: The First All‑Black Kindergarten West of the Mississippi River." The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1996 Annual Conference. Dallas, TX. November, 1996.

Doctor, J. & McConnell, J.L. "Dorothy Freeman: The Headstart Lady." Ethnoqraphic Research Conference. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. March, 1995.

"The California Plan: A Model for Our Profession." The National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1995 Spring Conference. (panel) San Francisco, CA. June, 1995.

“Lessons for Early Childhood Teacher Educators: Seniors and Children Learn Together in an Intergenerational Child Care Center.” The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1995 Spring Conference. San Francisco, CA. June, 1995.

"Public School Programs for Three‑and Four‑Year‑Olds in the Midwest." (research group) The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1995 Annual Conference. Washington DC. 

November, 1995.

"Kindergarten in Kansas: An Historical Perspective." The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1995 Annual Conference. Washington DC. December, 1995.

"Clara Conron: Life of a Kansas Pioneer School Teacher." The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1994 Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA. December, 1994.

"Reflective Practices: A Review of Research." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1993 Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. November, 1993.

"Gender Stereotyping in Young Children's Language.” The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1993 Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. November, 1993.

"Perceptions of Gender as Viewed in the Language of Young Children." (roundtable) The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1992 Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. November, 1992.

“105 Years of Service to Children: The Memorial Day Nursery of Paterson New Jersey." The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1992 Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. 

November, 1992.

"Technology in Early Childhood Education." (roundtable) The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1991 Annual Conference. Denver, CO. November, 1991.

"Expanding the Knowledge Base: Technology and Young Children." The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators 1990 Annual Conference. Washington, DC. November, 1990.

"A Concern for Sex Equity: The Language of Young Children." The National Association for the Education of Young Children, Sex Equity Caucus. Washington, DC. November, 1990.

"Looking at Language ‑ Gender Differences Among Young Children." The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1990 Annual Conference. Washington, DC. November, 1990.

"Useful and Creative Applications of Educational Technology." The 9th Annual Microcomputer Education Conference. Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ. March, 1989.

"Cooperative Behaviors Exhibited By Young Children Using Concrete Versus Computer Software Assessments." The National Association for the Education of Young Children 1988 Annual Conference. Anaheim, CA. November, 1988.

"An Investigation of Parent‑Child Verbal Interactions While Programming on the Computer." The 6th Annual Microcomputers Education Conference. Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ. March, 1986.

"Your Heritage: A Data Base Teaching Unit." The 6th Annual Microcomputers Education Conference. Arizona State University, Mesa, AZ. March, 1986.

"Working Together on the Computer: An Experience for Parent and Child." The American Educational Research Association Conference. San Francisco, CA. April, 1986.

"A Young Child and A New Technology." (keynote address) All Day Kindergarten: Creating Connections and Continuity in Early Learning. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. July, 1986.

"An Investigation of Cooperative‑Competitive Behavior Using the Computer." The American Educational Research Association Conference.  Chicago, IL. March, 1985.

"Computers in Kindergarten." The All‑Day Kindergarten Principles and Practices Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. July, 1985.

"A Charted Path to Computing." The Perspectives on the Young Child and the Computer Conference. University of Texas, Austin, TX. September, 1985.

"Looking at Parents, Children and the Computer." The Computers: The Home‑School Connection Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. October, 1985.

"Logo and the Language Arts Curriculum.” The Reading, Writing, and Computing in the Elementary School Curriculum Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. July, 1984.

"A Practical Approach to Logo, K‑8." The Reading, Writing, and Computing in the Elementary School Curriculum Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. July, 1984.

"Computers in the Kindergarten." The Implementing of the All-Kindergarten Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. July, 1984.

"Kohlberg: A Critical Perspective." The World Council for Curriculum and Teaching Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. July, 1983.

"Looking at Falk's (McConnell's) Marble‑Pull Game." Teacher College/Teaching and Computers Conference. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY. November, 1983.

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McConnell J.L. & Dye, G.  “Teaching Struggling Learners.”  Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children.  Overland Park, KS.  April 21, 2004.

McConnell, J.L. & Dye, G.A. "Successful Strategies for Collaboration: Helping Your Student with Special Needs." Greater Kansas Association for Young Children Curriculum Conference. Kansas City, MO.

April, 2000.

Leon, K. & McConnell, J.L. "Curriculum Alternatives: Ideas to Improve Your Guidance and Classroom Management." Greater Kansas Association for Young Children Curriculum Conference. Kansas City, MO. April, 1999.

McConnell, J.L. & Hubbard, K. "Winning with Writing: Lots of Activities that Work." Greater Kansas Association for Young Children Curriculum Conference. Kansas City, MO. March, 1998.

McConnell, J.L. & Dye, G.A. "Inclusion: Linking With Families." Greater Kansas Association for Young Children Curriculum Conference. Kansas City, MO. March, 1997.

Leon, K. & McConnell, J.L. "What To Do With Ten Black Dots." Celebrating Diversity, The Kansas and Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children 1996 Annual Conference. Kansas City, MO. October, 1996.

McConnell, J.L. & Adams, S. "Use of Computers in School Age and Early Care and Education Setting." In‑Service All‑Day Workshop Series, Francis Child Development Institute. Penn Valley Community College. Kansas City, MO. May, 1996.

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“For the Sake of the Children: Passage through New Delhi and Kathmandu”. Brown Bag International Lecture Series.  Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. March 27, 2013.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Dye, G.A. “Struggling Learners in YOUR Early Childhood Classroom: Collaborative Strategies for Teaching and Lessons for Learning.”  Kansas Division of Early Childhood Education Conference.  Wichita, KS.  February 23, 2007.

Wolfersberger, R., McConnell-Farmer, J.L., & Wolfersberger, M.  “Student Study Abroad Program in Jamaica: A Transformational Experience.”  Kansas State University College of Education International Week Celebration.  Manhattan, KS. November 14, 2006.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L., Wolfersberger, M., Ayers, J., Farley, C. & Huyett, M.  “Teaching Abroad in Jamaica:  Strategies and Lessons that ‘work’ with Culturally Diverse Young Children.” Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children.  Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.  October 21, 2006. 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Vetner-Barkley, J. OUR Unified Early Childhood Teacher License:  Hurray for Kansas!”   Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children.  Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.  October 15, 2005.

McConnell, J.L.  “Telling the Topeka Story: First All-Black Kindergarten West of the Mississippi River.”  Telling the Story: Narrating Brown v. Board Conference. Washburn University. Topeka, KS. 

May 18-20, 2004.

DeLuccie, M., Lindeman, D., Anderson, M. Thompson, B. & McConnell, J.  “Together We Can! Enhancing Professional Development Through the Work of the Early Childhood Higher Education Options (ECHO) Consortium.” The Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.  Salina, KS. May 9, 2003.

McConnell, J.L, Drum, K. &  Parrson, J. “Successful Literacy Activities for the Struggling Preschooler.“ Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Topeka, KS.  October 4, 2003.

“Before the Tornado and Home Fire: Birth through Grade 3 Unified Teacher Licensing Program Review and other Kansas Disasters.”  ECHO (Early Childhood in Higher Education Options) Meeting. Wichita, KS.  September 26, 2003.

McConnell, J.L. & Dye, G.A. "From Preschool to Kindergarten: Readiness Tools for Collaborative Transitions." Transitioning into Developmentally Appropriate Practices: Preschool to Primary 2000 Conference. Wichita, KS.  April 28, 2000.

McConnell, J.L. & Leon, K. "The Colors of Stress in Children." Transitioning into Developmentally Appropriate Practices 1999 Conference. Wichita, KS. April, 1999.

Leon, K. & McConnell, J.L. "Research and Collaboration in Early Childhood Teacher Education." The Kansas Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Meeting, Transitioning into Developmentally Appropriate Practices 1999 Conference. Wichita, KS. April, 1999.

"A Chinese Perspective on Developmentally Appropriate Practice." Transitioning into Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Preschool to Primary Conference. Wichita, KS. April, 1998.

McConnell, J.L. & Leon, K. "Creative Guidance and Classroom Management." The Washburn University 1998 Early Childhood Education Conference. Washburn University. Topeka, KS.  June, 1998.

"Where We Begin Together: Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in Kansas." Kansas Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Meeting. Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children 1998 Annual Conference. Wichita, KS. October, 1998.

McConnell, J.L., Slesser, R., Hogan, E. & Leon, K. "An Organization For and About Early Childhood Teacher Education in Kansas." Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children 1997 Annual Conference. Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, KS. October, 1998. 

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L. "The Young Child with Dyslexia: Learning Strategies to Promote Success." The Learninq Disabilities Association of Kansas 1998 Conference. Wichita, KS. November, 1998.

Stalwell, J., Dye, G.A., and McConnell, J.L. "I Have a Kid Who." The Learning Disabilities Association of Kansas 1997 Annual Conference. Overland Park, KS. November, 1997.

McConnell, J.L. & Hubbard, K., "Children with Learning Disabilities: Making the Reading and Writing Connection." Washburn University's Fifteenth Annual Reading/Lanquage Arts Conference. Topeka, KS. November, 1997.

Dye, G.A. & McConnell, J.L., "Learning Disabilities: Twenty Tips for Parents." Learning Disabilities Association of Kansas 1996 Annual Conference. Topeka, KS. November, 1996.

Leon, K. & McConnell, J.L., "Using Literature in Times of Crisis." Pathways to Critical Thinking. Readinq/Languaqe Arts Annual Conference. Topeka, KS. November, 1996.

McConnell, J.L. & Dye, G.A., "We Can Together: Teaching Values Through Cooperation." 19th Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Topeka, KS. October, 1995.

Leon, K. & McConnell, J.L., "What Can You Do With Ten Black Dots?" The Washburn University 13th Annual Reading/Language Arts Conference. Topeka, KS. November, 1995.

"A Review of Research: Computers and Young Children.” The Computer and Young Children Workshop. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. June, 1993.

"Early Childhood." The Emporia State University Summer Academy for Future Teachers. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. July, 1993.

"Projects to Enhance Learning Through Themes: Arctic Art and Feudal Life.” The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children. Lawrence, KS. October, 1993.

"Realities of Developmentally Appropriate Practice." The Proqrams and Possibilities for Young Children in the Public Schools. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. September, 1992.

"Creativity and Computers: Using Software to Integrate Learning in Your Classroom." The Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. October, 1992.

"Castles, Penguins and More." The Flint Hills Educational Research and Development Association Conference. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. October, 1992.

"Software Solutions in Early Childhood Education." The Flint Hills Educational Research and Development Association Conference. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. October, 1992.

"For Parents: What is Child Development?” The State of Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Meeting. Emporia State University, Emporia, KS. July, 1992.

"Collaborative Alliances Between Colleges and Schools.” The New Jersey Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators Meeting. (roundtable) East Brunswick, NJ. October, 1991. 

"The Development and Growth of the New Jersey Affiliate." The New Jersey Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators Meeting. East Brunswick, NJ. October, 1990.

"Aspects of Language: Preschool Children's Awareness of Gender." The New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children Conference. East Brunswick, NJ. October, 1990.

"The Early Childhood Program at William Paterson College: A Challenge and Chance to Grow.” The Bergen 4C's Conference. Bergen County Community College, NJ. March, 1989.

"Computers and Children: A Twinned Experience." The New Jersey Association for Mothers of Twins Convention.  East Brunswick, NJ. November, 1988.

"Computing and the Language Arts Curriculum, K‑3." BOCES, Southern Westchester County, NY. 

May, 1984.

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“Lessons from our Study Abroad in Belize Program”. C-TEL Faculty Leaders Program Development Workshop. Washburn University Student Union. Topeka, Kansas. September 9, 2015.

“Study Abroad, Study Belize”.  The Alvamar Country Club Friday Luncheon Group.  Lawrence, KS. August 12, 2011.

“Belize:  Children at Need”  The Alvamar Country Club Friday Luncheon Group.  Lawrence, KS. February 12, 2010.

“Oxford Round Table: The First 20 Years.”  Brown Bag International Lecture.  Washburn University, Topeka, Ks.  November 11, 2009.

“Kindergarten in Kansas, a View from the Beginning”.  Guest Speaker in Rachel Gosseen’s course, HI : History of Childhood”.Washburn University, Topeka, KS. October 14, 2009.

“The Oxford Round Tables at Oxford University: Eighteen Conferences and Counting”  The Alvamar Country Club Friday Luncheon Group.  Lawrence, KS. June 12, 2009.

“Transformation in Jamaica.”  The Faculty-led Student Abroad Workshop.  International House, Washburn University. Topeka, KS. September 24, 2008.

Newton, J. & J.L. McConnell-Farmer.  “Pertinent Information: Washburn University’s Child Development Associates Program.”  Educational Resource Center (ERC). Topeka, KS. April 2, 2008.

“Developing a Transformational Experience.”  The International House.  Washburn University.  Topeka, KS.

February 9, 2007.

“Yo Mon: Teaching the Jamaican Youth.”  The Alvamar Country Club Friday Luncheon Group.  Lawrence, KS. May 12, 2006.

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Wolfersberger, M.  “The Department of Education Student Study Abroad Program.”  The International Scholars Brown Bag Luncheon.  Washburn University. Topeka, KS. 

April 19, 2006.

“Oral History of Plaintiff, Vivian Scales.”  The Brown Colloquium. Washburn University.  Topeka, KS.  March 11, 2003.

"The Revolution Continues: Cuba in 2001." The Cosmopolitan Club. Lawrence, KS. May, 2001.

"Che', Fidel, and Raul': Moving Past the Revolution in Cuba." The Alvamar Country Club Friday Luncheon Group.  Lawrence, KS. August, 2001.

McConnell, J.L. & Dye, G.A., "Traditions and Diversity: How to Incorporate and Celebrate in the Classroom and Daycare Setting." Topeka Association for the Education of Young Children. Topeka, KS. January, 1998.

"Lessons for an Educator: The China Experience." Friday Luncheon Group, Lawrence Country Club.      

  Lawrence, KS. November, 1997.

“Childhood in China." The Cosmopolitan Club. Lawrence, KS. November, 1997.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES (a few of my grants are listed)

Professional Development Grant 2015-2016. $500.00 awarded. Professional Development Grant 2014-2015.   I received funds to attend the OMEP-USA Executive Board and Working Groups Meeting.  $500.00 awarded.

Washburn University Internal Small Research Grant, 2015-2016. “Digital Literacy for Young Children: The Baby STEM Project”. Cherry O. Steffen, Ph.D. and Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer, Ed.D., co-authors. $ 2954.73 awarded.

Washburn University Internal Small Research Grant, 2014-2015 “Washburn University’s Carnegie Hall:  The First 110 Years.”  Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer, Ed.D. and Gloria A. Dye, Ph.D., co-authors.  $ 2,999.29 awarded.

Professional Development Grant 2014-2015.   $500.00 awarded. I received funds to attend the OMEP-USA Executive Board and Working Groups Meeting.  

Primary Investigator. “A Day in Nicodemus.” Washburn University Small Research Grant. $2,993.23 awarded. 2010-2011.

Primary Investigator. “Adventures, Fantasy and Dreams in Children’s Literature.”  Washburn University Small Research Grant. $3,000 awarded.  2009-2010.

Primary Investigator. Nicodemus Pioneer School Teacher Lula Sadler Craig: In Her Words

Living the Historic African-American High Plains Exoduster Experience.”  Washburn University Small Grant. $3,000 awarded. 2008-2009.

Co-writer, key partner, early childhood education specialist and instructor. “KTWU Ready To Learn/Rural and At Risk Initiative.” Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant proposal submitted September, 2008.

Co-principal Investigator.  IDEA Kansas State Improvement Grant.  “Topeka Area Special Education Consortium”.  $35,000. awarded. 2006-2007.

Co-principal Investigator.  I conducted a longitudinal study with Mary Wolfersberger, titled,  “An Effective Adaptation of a Comprehension Strategy with Jamaican Preschool and Primary Grade Students.”   The first data collection took place in May, 2006. The initial assessment involved 46 children ages three, four, and five-years of age. at Wards Park Basic School.  Additional assessments were conducted at Hatfield Primary and Junior High, with one hundred and twenty third graders.  Both of these schools are located in a suburb of Mandeville, Jamaica.  2006-2007.

Principal Investigator.  State Improvement Grant Supplement for Early Childhood Higher Education Options Grant Phase II.  “Developing Distance Education for Early Childhood Education Options (ECHO): “Foundations in Early Education”.  $18,000. awarded.  2004-2005.

Co-writer, key partner, early childhood education specialist and instructor. “KTWU Ready To Learn/Rural and At Risk Initiative.” Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, Kansas Early Childhood Block Grant. Grant proposal submitted September, 2008.

Principal Investigator. State Improvement Grant Supplement for Early Childhood Higher Education Options Grant Phase I.  “Washburn University Early Childhood Education Program Re-design: Meeting the State of Kansas Unified Early Childhood Teacher Licensing Requirements through Collaboration.” $13,000. awarded.  2002-2004.

Principal Investigator. “Survey to Selected Aspects of Public School Programs for Three-and Four year olds in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.”  Washburn University Small Grant Award. $ 1,905.00 awarded. 

1999-2000.

Co-principal Investigator. I conducted a preliminary cross-cultural study with Yeuhan Zhang, to investigate kindergarten education and kindergarten teacher preparation in the People’s Republic of China. Observations were conducted and a survey distributed in both Mandarin and English to kindergarten teachers and kindergarten trainers. 1998-2002.

Co-Principal Investigator.  Along with three colleagues, I was awarded a Curriculum Development Grant to Develop, “Washburn University, Department of Education, Toy  Lending Library.” $ 1,475.00 was appropriated with matching funds awarded from the Department of Education Curriculum Resource Center. 1998-1999.

Principal Investigator. "Survey to Selected Aspects of Public School Programs for Three‑and Four-Year Olds in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska." Washburn University Small Grant Award. $1.905. awarded. 1999.

Principal Investigator. "Early Childhood Teacher Preparation in the United States and Spain: A Descriptive Study. Washburn University." $1,200. awarded. 1995.

Principal Investigator. "Looking at Language: Children's Perceptions of Gender." Three hundred and fifty, two‑ thru ten‑year‑old children participated in the study. 1993.

Principal Investigator. "Clara Conron: Pioneer Kansas School Teacher, 1883‑1953", was awarded to study Conron's diary. A maximum of $100 awarded. 1993.

Principal Investigator. "Issues Gender: An Investigation of Young Children's Perceptions of Gender and Technology in Teacher Education: How Early Childhood Programs in the United States are Preparing their Students for Using Technology with Young Children." 1991‑1992.

Co‑principal Investigator. "Multicultural Education and the Issues of Race and Gender: An Examination of Curriculum Materials and the Relationship to Children's Concepts, Attitudes and Values.  1989‑1990.

Principal Investigator. City College, New York City, NY, grant for a study, “Cooperative and Competitive Behaviors Exhibited by Urban Afro‑American and Hispanic‑American Children Using Concrete Versus Computer Software Assessments." A maximum of $225 was awarded. 1987.

Co‑principal Investigator. City College of New York, New York City, NY. Along with a colleague, designed and developed interactive video courseware on telecomputing for teacher training. The maximum $1,400 was awarded. 1986.

Principal Investigator.  Conducted a pilot research project in cooperation with Public School 192 (in Harlem). Twenty parents and children attended classes to learn Logo computer programming at the newly formed Center for Computers and Learning, City College. New York City, NY. 1986.

Co‑principal Investigator. A $10,000 grant from CUNY to design, operate and evaluate a computer‑assisted instructional laboratory for students in the CUNY/GED program at City College, New York City, NY. 1985‑1986.

Principal Investigator. A research project in two suburban New Jersey elementary schools. The cooperative interaction of one hundred twenty eight preschool and primary school aged students were assessed using a wooden manipulative game and Falk's (McConnell-Farmer’s) Marble‑Pull Game, a computerized version.  1984. 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Organizations/Committees

          International

      Faculty Member. The Oxford Round Table.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  

Co-Chair Program Committee. World OMEP (Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care International Conference. Washington DC, July 27-August 1, 2015.

Advisory Board Member The Forum, Journal of The Oxford Round Table.  Manchester 

College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.

      Board of Directors and International Member.  Symposium Programme Committee.  The       Belizean International Symposium on Education.  Belize City, Belize, Central America.  January       2-4, 2011 and December 27-31, 2009.

                Oversees Program Advisor, Board Member.  The Association for Childhood Education

Practitioners, Nigeria (ACEP). Nigeria, Africa.

Advisor Board Member. Institute of Global Harmony (IGH). Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahr, Rajasthan, India. 

National 

President and Member, Board of Directors.  OMEP-USA (Organisation 

Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education and   

Care, United States.

Member. International Committee. The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher 

Educators.

Faculty Member. The People to People International Program. Spokane, WA.  

Reviewer. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Reviewer. Allyn & Bacon, Publisher.

State

Former President and Founding Member.  Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children.

Member. Kansas Higher Education Articulation (ECHO) Committee.

Member. Articulation Committee for Two and Three Year Teacher Training Programs in Kansas.

Member. Kansas Child Care Stakeholders Committee, Department of Education.

Member. Kansas Arts Commission’s Arts in Early Education Grant Panel.

Member. Early Care and Educational Action Team for Success By Six Committee.

Member. The Topeka Child Care Advisory Council.

University

      Faculty Sponsor. Washburn University Student Organization-OMEP-USA (Organisation 

Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care, United States.  WU-OMEP.

        Member.Faculty Senate

Member. Faculty Council.

Steering Committee Member. Center for Diversity Studies.

Board Member. Student Publications.

Fellow. The Center for Kansas Studies.

Member. Brown Colloquium.

Member. Apeiron Committee, College of Arts and Sciences.

Member. Large Grants Committee, College of Arts and Sciences.

Member. Master in Liberal Studies Committee, College of Arts and Sciences.

Member. Program Review Committee, College of Arts and Sciences.

Member. CAUSE (Council for the Advancement of Undergraduate Scholarly Endeavors)

Representative.  Kansas Core Outcomes Project.

Department

Developed and Directed.  The Transformational Experience Student  in  Jamaica.  Winter 2005 (2 weeks); Winter 2006 (2 weeks); Spring 2006 (2 weeks); Winter 2007 (2 weeks); Spring 2007 (2 weeks); Winter 2008 (2 weeks); Spring 2008 (1 week); Spring 2009 (2 weeks);  Winter 2009 (2 weeks); and, Winter 2010 (2 weeks).

Developed and Wrote.  The Program in Early Childhood Education Program Review for KSDE  

                         and NCATE.

Chair. Department Recruitment Committee.

Chair. Education Department Early Childhood Teacher Education Program.

Member. Personnel Committee.

Member. Elementary Education Program Committee.

Member. Scholarship Committee.

Member. Social Committee.

Member. Undergraduate Program Committee.

 Member. University Teacher Education Advisory Committee.

 Member. Technology Committee.

International Educational Consultant

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 17-20, 2016. 

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Women and Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 20-23, 2016.

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Literature, Language and the Arts. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 16-19, 2016.

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. March 13-16, 2016. 

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, England. July 19- 22, 2015. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education and Issues.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 18-22, 2015.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in Education.  Harris Manchester College. Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 22-26, 2015.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood.  Harris Manchester College.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 15-19, 2015.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Issues.  Brasnose College.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 27-31, 2014.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education.  Harris Manchester College.  Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 16-20, 2014.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in History, Education,  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 4-8,  2013.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in History, an Interdisciplinary Perspective,  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5-9,  2012.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Childhood Education. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 29-August 2, 2012.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 11-15, 2012.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s History.  Mansfield College and Harris Manchester    

College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK. July 31-August 5, 2011.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: School Reform. Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.      

Oxford, UK. July 24-29, 2011.  

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture, Religion and 

Philosophy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 13-17, 2011.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table:  Women in the Academy, Progress and Prospects. Harris   

Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK. March 20-25, 2011.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the University,  Problems and Prospects.  Harris  

Manchester College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK. July 11-16, 2010.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Literacy, Fueling a Movement.  Harris Manchester College,   

Oxford University.  Oxford, UK. July 4-9, 2010.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in Literature, the 19TH and 20TH Centuries.  Wadham   

College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 14-19, 2010.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the University, Problems and Prospects.  Harris  

Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 11-16, 2010.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Learning.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.  

Oxford, UK.  July 4-9, 2010.  

Co-Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table:  The Conundrum of Autism:  Current Thinking on its Causes and Potential Cures.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 22-27, 2009.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy: Prospects and Promises.  Harris   

Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 12-17, 2009.  

Co-Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s Careers: The Presumptions and Burdens of Proof.    

Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 5-10, 2009. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table:  Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture and Religion Since 1850.  Pembroke College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 15-20, 2009.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child Poverty, Educational Initiatives and Consequences.  Harris  

Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 27-August 1, 2008. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Achieving Education Quality.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford 

University. Oxford, UK.  July 20-25, 2008.    

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table:Women’s Rights.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.    

Oxford, UK.  March 17-21, 2008.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University.    

Oxford, UK.  March 9-14, 2008.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Literacy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford,   

UK.  July 8-12, 2007.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Modern Leadership.  Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 15-20, 2007. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child and Adolescent Psychology and Counseling.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.  March 18-22, 2007.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.  March 11-16, 2007.  

Coordinator. The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood.  Exeter College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 12-17, 2006.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK .  July 23-28, 2006. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology.  Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  July 16-21, 2006.  

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Child Psychology.  Oriel College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 24-29, 2005.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Reading First.  Saint Anne’s College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  July 31-August 5, 2005. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education.  Lincoln College, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 27-April 1, 2005. 

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 28-April 2, 2004.

Coordinator.  The Oxford Round Table: Early Childhood Education. Harris Manchester, Oxford University.  Oxford, UK.  March 23-28, 2003.

Chair. The United States Early Childhood Education Delegation to Cuba, sponsored by The People to People Organization International. January, 2001.  

I lead twenty delegation members from twelve different states to Cuba. All of the delegation members were early childhood professions. We visited child care centers and elementary schools in Havana, Cienfuego,and Valadero, Cuba. We dialoged with several government officials and had discussions with classroom teachers and directresses of schools.

Keynote Address. “Safeguarding Our Children’s Early Development. The Bahamas Child Care and Preschool Association Annual Conference.”  Nassau, the Bahamas.  May 2001.

The Bahamas Child Care and Preschool Association invited a colleague and myself to come to Nassau and give a keynote address and present two workshops at their annual association’s conference.  Preschool teachers and directors from many of the Bahamas' islands attended the conference and I visited several preschools in Nassau and in two of the other islands.

Chair. The United States Early Childhood Education Delegation to the Peoples' Republic of China, sponsored by The People to People Organization International. October, 1999.

An eleven member delegation of early childhood educators and early childhood professors from nine different states accompanied me to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian. In each city we visited early childhood centers (primarily kindergartens) and dialogued with early childhood teacher trainers. The highlight of the trip was visiting a village, Gengcun, which is known for its storytellers. For two days we traveled house to house listening to stories told by these renowned storytellers.

Chair. The United States Early Childhood Education Delegation to Russia and the Czech Republic, sponsored by The People to People Organization International. March, 1998. 

I lead an eighteen member delegation of early childhood educators and early childhood teacher educators

from The United States to Russia and the Czech Republic. We shared and learned with teacher educators,

teachers, administrators, as well as children in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Prague. The delegation

represented thirteen states and the country of the Bahamas.

Coordinator.  The Washburn University Early Childhood Education Conference: The Creative Journey.

Washburn University. Topeka, KS.  June, 1998.

Chair. The Early Childhood Education Delegation to the Peoples Republic of China, sponsored by The 

People to People Organization International. October, 1997. 

I chaired the thirteen member delegation consisting of university professors, classroom teachers, and a child

development specialist from the United States Army Department of Defense. Eight different states were

represented by the delegation. We visited early childhood settings, early childhood teacher training programs at Universities, and had meetings with our professional counterparts in Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Shanghai.

Chair. North American Delegation for Early Childhood, Reading, and The Arts in Education. The Joint United States/Spain Conference on Education Sponsored by The People to People Organization International. December, 1995. 

Along with the Chair of the Spanish Delegation, I was responsible for coordinating presentations, a poster session, and trips to schools in Barcelona. My responsibilities included giving introductory, explanatory, and concluding remarks to the delegates in general conference.

 International External Examiner and member of the Dissertation Committee for a Dissertation  

 Defense

   External Examiner and member of the Dissertation Committee for Pamela Cook’s dissertation,   

   University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  August 26, 2010.

 Legal Child Development Expert Witness

Educational Consultant. Gehrt & Roberts, Chartered and Goodell, Scratton, Edmonds & Palmer (Law Firms)  Topeka, Kansas. Testifying as a Child Development Expert Witness. 2001-2003.

Educational Consultant. Lathrop & Gage. LC (Law Firm). Kansas City, Missouri.  Testifying as a Child Development Expert Witness. 2001-2003.

 United States Grant Reviewer

Peer Grant Reviewer: Preschool Pay for Success Feasibility Pilot Grant. U.S. Department of Education.

   Washington DC, October 17-28, 2016.

Application Grant Reviewer. United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start.  American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Early Head Start Expansion.  Washington DC. July 25-August 7, 2009.

Full-Application Grant Reviewer.  United States of America Department of Education.  Early Reading 

First Grants.  Washington DC.  June 10-13, 2007.

Preliminary Application Grant Reviewer.  United States of American Department of Education.  Early Reading First Grants.  Topeka, Kansas.  April 6-12, 2007.

   

   Elected Professional Offices

National

President and Member, Executive Board of Directors.  OMEP-USA (Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care, United States North Continent.  2017-present.

Executive Board Member. The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.    1996‑1998 and 2007-2010.

Region

Region 7 Representative (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska). The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educator. 1996‑1998; 2002-2004.

State

President and founding member. The Kansas Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. 1996‑2015.

Governing Board. New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children. 1990-1992.

Secretary-Treasurer and founding member. New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children. 1990-1992.

            University

                       President. 2012-2015, Phi Beta Delta (International Scholars Society). Washburn University                          Chapter Vice-President, 2009-2011, Secretary, 2006-2008 and Treasurer, 2004-2005.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2015-2016

Women’s Venture Partners (WWVP) Grant 2016

“A STEM Initiative: Materials and Technology Acquisition in Support of the Washburn University Department of Education Elementary Education Program, Preschool-Grade 6.”

Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer, Ed.D. and Cherry O. Steffen, Ph.D., co-authors. $2,375.59 awarded.

This grant provided funds to purchase technology and other sustainable learning materials for students in our Department of Education Early Childhood Education Program, Birth to Age 10 Unified Program.  The materials are used during classroom learnings in under-graduate courses and also in the students’ teaching of children during their practicum experiences. 

Professional Development Grant 2015-2016. $500.00 awarded. 

I received funds to attend a six day event commemorating Lewis Carroll’s 150th anniversary of his legendary literature book, Alice in Wonderland, held in various location in New York City, New York. Alice 150: Alice in a World of Wonderlands, the Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece, was at The Grolier Club, in New York City, from October 7-8, 2015. As part of the anniversary event I attended the Alice 150 Conference Day 3 and 4 on October 9-10, 2015, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.  On October 11, 2015, I attended the Alice 150 Alice Palooza Conference held at the Fales Library, New York City.  The purpose of my attendance was to gather more information for my research and writings on Lewis Carroll.

Washburn University Internal Small Research Grant, 2015-2016. 

“Digital Literacy for Young Children: The Baby STEM Project”. Cherry O. Steffen, Ph.D. and Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer, Ed.D., co-authors. $ 2954.73 awarded.

The project is the first in a planned series of projects designed to explore STEM education for young children. As a first step, we want to gain an understanding of the value of modern technology in teaching early learners. This phase of the project is designed to explore the use of e-books for teaching young children. We plan to compare the comprehension level when reading traditional texts vs. e-texts (via tablets, smartphone, etc.) to children ages 3 and 4. Ultimately we want to prepare a list of guidelines that should be considered when developing curriculum and teaching young children.

2014-2015

Professional Development Grant 2014-2015.   $500.00 awarded. 

I received funds to attend the OMEP-USA Executive Board and Working Groups Meeting.  I serve as Vice President of USA-OMEP (the USA Chapter of Organisation Mondiale Pour L´Éducation Préscolaire, the World Organization of Early Childhood Education) and was Co-Chair of the World OMEP International 64th Conference Program Committee, July 27-August 2, 2015, held in Washington DC. The purpose of the March 3-4, 2015 meeting in Washington DC was to continue planning for the international conference.  

Washburn University Internal Small Research Grant, 2014-2015

 “Washburn University’s Carnegie Hall:  The First 110 Years.”  Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer, Ed.D. and Gloria A. Dye, Ph.D., co-authors.  $ 2,999.29 awarded.

Carnegie Hall at Washburn University was built as a Carnegie Library and the cornerstone was laid on March 10, 1904 with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Washburn University’s Carnegie Library was nominated and selected for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.  The intent of this grant was to fund the writing of an article focusing on the history of this important building at Washburn University. Specifically our focus in the article was three-fold, as follows: 1. The history of Carnegie Hall investigated from its original use as a library for the university, to a law library and, currently, as the home of the Department of Education at Washburn University; 2. The significance of the architectural design and the structure of Washburn University’s Carnegie Hall was discussed in detail; and, 3. The  remaining Carnegie Libraries located in Kansas universities/colleges which are included in the National Register of Historic Places were examined. We traveled to three of the Carnegie Libraries on Kansas University/College campuses to compare their structure, history and current purpose to ours at Washburn University.  The article for publication is in process.

19952004

Washburn University granted two Academic Sabbatical Awards, thirteen Faculty Development Awards, eight Small Grant Awards, one Curriculum Development Grant Award, and The International Student Center granted me eight money awards for international travel.

1996-1997

Team award (with Dr. Gloria A. Dye) for a Learning Disabilities Association of American stipend to attend The Annual 1997 International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. February 18‑22, 1997.  Nationally, ten teams of professors were presented with the award. Maximum $1,000. awarded. Chicago, IL.

1993

The Dean's Fund to Enhance Faculty Creativity. The Teachers College, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS.

19911992

The ART (Assigned Research Time) Award. William Paterson College of New Jersey. Equivalent to 3 teaching credits and $250.  Wayne, NJ.

19891990

The ART (Assigned Research Time) Award. William Paterson College of New Jersey. Equivalent to 6 teaching credits and $250.  Wayne, NJ.

1986-1987

"The President's Fund for Innovation and Excellence Award." The City College of New York (CCNY).

New York City, NY.

1982-1983

A grant to supervise students in the Masters of Arts Program.  The students were fulfilling their graduate student teaching assignments in early childhood education classrooms. Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University. New York City, NY.

19781979

"Outstanding Young Educator Award.”  County of Rockbridge and City of Lexington, Virginia. Presented by the State of Virginia Jaycees. Lexington, VA.

Scholarly Interests/Activities

PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS (2 books in progress, 1 chapter in progress and 1 article in progress for re-submission)

Books in Progress (2)

             McConnell-Farmer, J.L. Nicodemus Pioneer School Teacher Lulu Sadler Craig: In Her Words.

              Anticipated completion date, spring 2013.  This book is a history of Nicodemus, Kansas from the perspective of Lula Sadler Craig (1868- 1972), comprised of portions of her original un- published writings.  She was an Exoduster, teacher and native of Nicodemus, Kansas. During the summer of 2007, while researching early childhood education in historic Nicodemus, Kansas, I discovered her original memoirs housed in the Graham County Historical Society archives, located in Hill City, Kansas.  Sadler Craig’s life is one of interest and inspiration.  In 1877, her family joined the Exoduster’s Movement, and as a nine year old she traveled with them from Kentucky to Nicodemus, Kansas. In her memoirs, which are comprised of penciled writings in spiral notebooks, hand written on loose sheets of paper, and pages typed on a primitive typewriter, she describes her everyday life as well as that of her neighbors in Nicodemus.  Passages from her writings include her recollections of growing up in the oldest African- American community west of the Mississippi River. She became a school teacher at the age of sixteen, taught for a total of 55 years, and lived to be 104 years of age.  This book will be comprised of portions of her original writings and historical supplemental explanatory material.

 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. Mimsy, Whimsy in Oxford: The Tale of Alice. Anticipated completion date, summer 2014.  This writing of this book is delayed since my sabbatical was delayed for two years. The proposed book is tentatively titled, “Mimsy, Whimsy in Oxford: A Tale of Alice”. In Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s (aka, Lewis Carroll’s) famous nonsense poem, Jabberwocky, the word, “Mimsy” is a combination of the words, “flimsy” and “miserable”.  The proposed book will explore the origins and development of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in relation to his life in Oxford, England.  Particular attention will be given to the physical and philosophical environment in Oxford in the 1860’s when Lewis Carroll created the character and her adventures. Original manuscripts of that creation, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872) are housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University along with many of the author’s personal papers. Because the Bodleian Library is one of three of the world’s repository libraries, it also contains at least one copy of every work ever published on Lewis Carroll in the United Kingdom. Numerous other artifacts that were transmuted by Lewis Carroll’s imagination and incorporated in the tales of Alice are situated in Oxford. During my spring of 2012 sabbatical, I intend to go to Oxford, at my own expense, to gather additional material for my proposed book.  During previous trips to Oxford, I became, through observation and research, aware of the integral relationship between Lewis Carroll’s life in Oxford and the tales that he spun.

 

Chapters

 

McConnell-Farmer, J.L. & Fennimore, B.S.  (2012). Early Childhood Education and the Civil Rights Movement:  A Dynamic Living History.  In Early Childhood History in the Modern Age.

             B. Hinitz (Ed).   Rutledge. (requested, in progress)

 

Peer-Reviewed Article (1 article in progress for re-submission)

 

Dunwell, R., McConnell-Farmer, J.L., & Dye, G.A. Partnerships in Teacher Education at Washburn University: The Comer School Development Program Experience.  Educational Considerations.   Editing is in progress for re-submission.

PRESENTATIONS total (8 International; 1 National)

 

International (8)

 

“The History of Women, Not Only in the Past”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s History.  Mansfield College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 1, 2011. 

 

“A Wish for my Granddaughter: The Relevance of the History of Women”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women’s History.  Mansfield College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  August 5, 2011. 

 

Cook, P. and McConnell-Farmer, J.L. "Assessing a Transformational Experience in Belize, Central America".  The University of Windsor-Oakland University Fifth Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning.  The University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. May 19-20, 2011.

 

“A Wish for my Granddaughter: Progress and Prospect of Women in the Academy”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Progress and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 24, 2011. 

 

“Progress and Prospect of Women in the Academy, Our Work Ahead”.  The Oxford Round Table: Women in the Academy, Progress and Prospects.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 20, 2011. 

 

“A Wish for my Grandson, Children’s Literature: Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy”. The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 17, 2011.

 

“A Response to Children’s Literature”. The Oxford Round Table: Children’s Literature, Allusions to Culture, Religion and Philosophy.  Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Oxford, UK.  March 13, 2011.

 

“The Children of Cuba: A Literacy Revolution”.  The Belizean International Symposium on Education.  Belize City, Belize, Central America. January 4, 2011.

 

National (1)

 

“ Voices of a Plantiff and Voices of Plantiffs’ Children: The Historical Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education I, II, and III.”  The National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  Orlando, FL. November 4, 2011. 

 

GRANT (1)

Primary Investigator. “A Day in Nicodemus.” Washburn University Small Research Grant. $2,993.23 awarded. 2010-2011.
Service Interests/Activities

Dr. McConnell-Farmer serves on several international, national, state and university committees and organizational Board of Directors. She serves as Interim Chair of the department for the academic year, 2011-2012. She is the founder and Director of the Study Abroad in Belize Program, Belize, Central America, December 28, 2011-January 7, 2012.  Eighteen participants tutored children and volunteered in two public and in a private orphanage in Belize. They also attended  and presented poster sessions at the Belizean International Symposium in Education, a three day conference for international educators.  She is the founder and student adviser for WU-OMEP (Washburn University Student Association for the Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education.

She serves as Vice President and Board Member for the Washburn University chapter of Phi Beta Delta (International Scholars Society).  She is a member of the International Education Committee (IEC) and a Fellow of The Center for Kansas Studies. She serves on seven departmental committees and several university committees. She is a member of Leadership Washburn.  Dr. McConnell-Farmer is the Vice President and Member, Board of Directors of OMEP-USNC (Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care, United States North Continent.  She is a  Grant Reviewer for the United States Department of Education & Health and the Department of Human Services for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. Dr. McConnell-Farmer serves as Co-Chair of the International Committee of The National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.  She is the Advisory Board Member for The Forum, a journal of the Oxford Round Table, Oxford University, UK. She is a faculty member of the Oxford Round Table, Oxford, UK, and has facilitated twenty-five Oxford Round Table conferences. Dr. McConnell-Farmer is the Overseas Program Advisor and Board Member for the Association for Childhood Education Practitioners, Nigeria, Africa.  She is an international member and programme adviser to The Belizean International Symposium on Education, Belize City, Belize, Central America.
Career Accomplishments

Judith Lynne McConnell-Farmer is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and has served as a Facilitator of twenty-five Oxford Round Tables.  She has degrees from the University of Kansas, the University of Virginia and Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. McConnell-Farmer has taught in higher education since 1981, prior to that she was an elementary and preschool teacher for ten years.  She has presented more than one hundred conference papers, published numerous professional articles and chapters in books and is the co-editor of a book, Teacher Renewal: Professional Issues and Personal Choices, Teachers College Press, and editor of two books from Linton Atlantic, Ltd., The Education of Young Children: Research and Public Policy and Adventures, Fantasy and Dreams in Children’s Literature.  Dr. McConnell-Farmer has professional interests in international early childhood education and women studies.  She developed and is directing the Washburn University’s Transformational Experience in Jamaica Program, West Indies, and Washburn University’s Study Abroad in Belize Program, Central America.  She is a member of the Board of Directors and Vice-President of OMEP-USNC (Organisation Mondiale pour L’Education Prescolaire), World Organization for Early Childhood Education and Care, United States.  She is an International Board Member of The Belizean International Symposium on Education, Belize City, Belize, Central America, and Oversees Program Advisor, Board Member, of the Association for Childhood Education Practitioners, Nigeria (ACEP), Nigeria, Africa. Since 1995, as a faculty member of People to People International, Dr. McConnell-Farmer has lead delegations of early childhood educators to the Peoples Republic of China (twice), Cuba, Russia, The Czech Republic, and Spain.

What's an Ichabod?


Ichabod

Washburn's mascot, the Ichabod, honors the school's early benefactor, Ichabod Washburn, a 19th century Massachusetts industrialist. The original design of the studious-looking, tuxedo-clad figure was created in 1938 by Bradbury Thompson (ba '34), who became an internationally acclaimed graphic artist. Design wasn't Thompson's only consideration. To the stylized Ichabod the artist attributed the qualities of "...courage and enthusiasm, as shown by his brisk walk. He is democratic and courteous, for he tips his hat as he passes. Sincere in his search for truth and knowledge, he studiously carries a book under his arm..."

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