Nancy Carlsson-Paige is a child development expert and author, and Professor Emerita in the Graduate School of Education.
Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Professor Emerita
Professional Title: Professor Emerita
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Early childhood; children and the media; education policy
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Early childhood education; peaceable schools
Education: BS, Syracuse University; MS, Lesley College; EdD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: BOOKS: "Taking Back Childhood: A Proven Roadmap for Raising Confident, Creative, Compassionate Kids"; "War Plan Dilemma: Balancing Needs and Values in the Early Childhood Classroom," with Diane E. Levin; "Who's Calling the Shots?: How to Respond Effectively to Children's Fascination with War Play and War Toys," with Diane E. Levin; Before Push Comes to Shove: Building Conflict Resolution Skills with Children," with Diane Levin; "Best Day of the Week;" "Helping Young Children Understand Peace, War, and the Nuclear Threat." ARTICLES: "Is Technology Sapping Children's Creativity?," "My View: Obama, Romney Need to Know One Thing about Early Childhood Education: Start Over."
Dr. Carlsson-Paige's work at Lesley spanned 30 years, during which she taught teachers and was a founder of the university's Center for Peaceable Schools. She is now a prolific author and speaker, focusing on media and technology, early childhood, peaceable classrooms, and education reform. According to her website's biography, she is "an advocate for education policies and practices that promote social justice and the well being of all children."Her speaking venues include the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Project Renewal Ground Zero Conference, Center for Peaceable Schools, and National Association for the Education of Youth. Recently, she spoke at length on WBUR's Here and Now about violent video games. Listen to the interview »Among her awards are the Peace Educator of the Year (Peace and Justice Studies Association), Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps Award, Outstanding Educator Award (Urban College of Boston), and the Outstanding Contribution to Women award (Cambridge YWCA). In 2013, she was given a lifetime achievement award by the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.
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Watch Nancy's talk entitled "When Education Goes Wrong: Taking Creativity and Play Out of Learning." April 1, 2013, at the Calhoun School.