Iris Chin Ponte

Adjunct Professor

Iris Chin Ponte

Iris Chin Ponte is Director and Classroom Teacher at the Henry Frost Children’s Program Inc. and the President of Ponte and Chau Consulting in Belmont, MA. Dr. Ponte has studied multiple early education approaches including, the Reggio Emilia Approach, the Montessori Method, as well as the Eliot-Pearson Developmental Approach.

As a former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ponte has expertise in cross-cultural issues in education. She has taught and conducted extensive school research in the United States, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Newfoundland. Dr. Ponte has also previously worked for Sesame Street Research at the Children’s Television Workshop in New York among many other media and research institutions. She has published in the areas of children and technology, behavior management, children’s play, and heritage trips for adoptees in China. In addition to being a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ponte has received various scholarship and fellowship recognition from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Watson IBM Fellowship, CBS, and the American Educational Research Association.

Selected Publications

  • Kuh, L., Ponte, I. (2017). The Power of Intention: Reconsidering Everyday Teaching Practices. Exchange Magazine, May/June.
  • Wang, L., Ponte, I., Ollen E. (2015). Letting Her Go: Western Adoptive Families? Search and Reunion with Chinese Birth Parents. Adoption Quarterly, Vol, 18, 45.
  • Kuh, L., Ponte, I., Chau, C., Valentine, D. (2014). Take it outside: Rethinking and reclaiming outdoor play. . In L. Kuh (Ed.), Thinking critically about environments for young children: Bridging theory and practice. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Ponte, I., Wang, L., Fan, S. (2010). Returning to China: The Experience of Adopted Chinese Children and their Parents. Adoption Quarterly, Vol, 13, 2.
  • Kuh, L., Ponte, I., Chau, C. (2010). Play Behaviors Before and After a Natural Playground Installation in an Early Childhood Setting. Children, Youth and Environments, Vol. 23, No 2. (2013) 49-77.
  • Jacobs, D., Ponte, I., Wang, L. (2010). Home to Homeland: What Adoptive Families Need to Know. St. Paul, Minnesota: Yeong and Yeong Book Company.
  • Scarlett, G., Ponte I., Singh, J. (2009). Approaches to Behavior and Classroom Management: Integrating Discipline and Care. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Rothbaum, F., Nagaoka, R., Ponte, I. (2006), Caregiver Sensitivity in Cultural Context: Japanese and U.S. Teachers' Beliefs About Anticipating and Responding to Children's Needs, Journal of Research in Childhood Education. Vol. 21. No. 1.
  • Scarlett, G., Naudeau, S., Salonius-Pasternak D., and Ponte, I. (2004). Children's Play. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Bers, M., Ponte, I., Juelich, K., Viera, A., Schenker, J. (2002) Teachers as Designers: Integrating Robotics in Early Ch

Selected Presentations

  • Ponte, I., and LeeKeenan D. (November 19, 2015). Emergent Curriculum: Tying Together Three Early Education Philosophies in an Eclectic Preschool Program. The National Association for the Education of the Young Child, Orlando, Florida.
  • Wang, L., Ponte, I. (January 18, 2015). Letting Her Go: Chinese Birth Parent Search and Reunion. Families With Chinese Children, New York, New York, NY.
  • Wang, L., Ponte, I. (October 19, 2014). Letting Her Go: Chinese Birth Parent Search and Reunion. Families With Chinese Children, New England, Newton, MA. 
  • Kuh, L. Ponte, I, Chau, C. (2012). The impact of natural playscape design: Environmental affordances and shifts in young children's play behaviors. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Chau, C., Kuh, L., Ponte, I. (2012). The outdoor play inventory: A time-sampling observation protocol for assessing children's play in outdoor playgrounds. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.
  • Kuh, L., Ponte, I., Chau, C. (2010) Play behaviors before and after a natural playground installation in an early childhood setting. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver.
  • Kuh, L., Ponte, I. (2010). Symposium on youth voice in ethnographic research. What's going on in the witch's cave?: Young children talking about outdoor play before and after a natural playground installation. Paper presented at the University of Pennsylvania Forum for Urban Ethnography, Philadelphia, PA.