Dr. Regena F. Nelson is the Chair of the Department... Educational Studies at Western Michigan University and a Professor in...

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Dr. Regena F. Nelson is the Chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning and
Educational Studies at Western Michigan University and a Professor in early childhood education
with 20 years of research, teaching and consulting experience in the field. She has worked on
numerous research studies on school readiness, authentic assessment, early childhood program
evaluation, culturally appropriate practices, and mentoring. Her work has been published in Early
Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Research on Childhood Education, Early Childhood
Education Journal, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, and Multicultural Perspectives.
She teaches research methods, assessment and child development courses. She coordinates the
early childhood graduate and undergraduate programs at WMU in which over 400 students are
enrolled. Dr. Nelson has served on regional, state and national boards of several early childhood
organizations affiliated with the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Dr. Nelson was a consultant for
early childhood programs throughout Michigan and the Kamehameha preschool program in
Hawaii. Currently, she works with local Head Start, state-funded and private preschool programs
using a professional development model that places student interns with exemplary preschool
teachers. The program has had a significant impact on early childhood education students’ ability
to be successful teachers in programs that serve children in poverty.
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