Entries by Dr. Rebecca Isbell

New York State Leads the Way

I just returned from an amazing event with New York State Early Childhood Education teachers called NYSED Professional Learning Opportunities: An Inspirational Night with Dr. Rebecca Isbell, author of Nurturing Creativity.  The session was filmed inside the beautiful WMHT Public Media TV studio where we explored the creative potential of young children. We examined aspects of […]

A Special Invitation from Dr. Isbell: NAEYC 2019

Join me and my co-author Sonia Yoshizawa on Saturday Morning for an exciting and informative session at the NAEYC Annual Conference! We will be offering creative ideas and activities to problem solve and co-reflect on unique ways to nurture young children’s thinking, one of the 21st Century Competencies. Don’t miss our sparkling session, and hope […]

Love of Nature Begins in the Early Years

I recently returned to my special place in the mountains and I reflected on how I came to love and appreciate nature and beauty. When I was a young child, my favorite and frequent outing was to travel to the Smoky Mountains National Park about an hour from my home. The best part was jumping […]

First Impressions, Powerful Connections

As we are getting ready for a new school year, it is important for us to think about the first impressions we make on our children, their parents, and our coworkers. I was reminded of this critical truth this past week before I did the Keynote for the Michigan Lutheran Early Childhood Conference.  When I […]

Getting Ready for Young Creative Thinkers

It has been a busy month working with diverse Early Childhood Programs across the country from Texas to New York to Michigan. At each program, I found the place and people were unique and very interesting.  At Humble School District in Texas, an energetic team was led by Jennifer who, with her dedicated team, planned […]

Give Your Brain a Break!

Our brain is working, sorting, and making connections all day long. My world, like yours, is filled with creative work, in-depth projects, and many personal responsibilities. Some include: books to be written, selecting words to explain ideas, using conversations to build relationships, and presentations to develop. These diverse tasks are so time consuming that few […]

A Life Changing Experience for Early Childhood Teachers

The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation honored 50 preschool teachers this past week in Philadelphia, PA. These award-winning teachers experienced an amazing weekend in a luxury hotel with incredible food and a festive Award Ceremony that celebrated the recipients. All of this was planned and implemented by the foundation established by Kay Lokoff in […]

Collaboration: An Important Element Needed for the 21st Century

This past weekend I had the opportunity to see effective collaboration in action in Birmingham, Alabama.  A team of professionals from Childcare Resources were guided by a competent and caring leader, Amy Bradley. These women worked together to plan and implement a quality conference that provided professional development to many early childhood educators. Collaborative groups […]

April Snow Does NOT Deter Early Childhood Educators!

I am just back from the Upper Peninsula, Michigan, where I provided the keynote and closing session for a wonderful early childhood conference – IMPACT: Instilling More Play and Creative Thinking – held at Bay College in Escanaba.  Lake Michigan was frozen but the early childhood educators at the conference were so warm and welcoming […]