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Sandra Heideman, M.S., is a decades-long veteran of early childhood education, with an emphasis on special needs. A past board president of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MN AEYC), Sandra has published in Young Children and Exchange and is the coauthor of Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice, published by Redleaf Press. She lives in Minnesota. Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed., has over three decades of experience in early childhood education, including teaching in preschool classrooms and coordinating professional development initiatives on infant toddler caregiving, early literacy, and early math. Beth has also coauthored articles for Young Children and Exchange magazines. She is currently project coordinator at the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota. Claire Chang, M.A., Claire Chang is senior program officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota Foundation and is a former West Ed instructor. She has served on the governing board and accreditation council of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and currently serves on the board of directors of MN AEYC and Hope Community Services. Claire lives in Minnesota. All three authors conduct workshops and presentations at national conferences.
"This book aims to support teachers in driving their own professional development. Useful concepts include: knowing your beliefs and values, understanding stages of teacher development and the change process, integrating new knowledge into practice, and advocating for organizational support. The Thinking Teacher is a valuable resource for developing teacher intentionality, professionalism, and leadership."--Margie Carter, coauthor of Training Teachers: A Harvest of Theory and Practice; The Visionary Director; and Learning Together with Young Children