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2017 Summer Institute Intensive Session

Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute

Day 2 Keynote

Be Well to Do Well: What It Means to Flourish--for Children, for Families, and Professionals

Working with young children and families can be stressful work and can wear on the resilience and commitment of dedicated professionals. In the context of implementing high quality practices and programs, supporting resilience for children and families, it can be easy to miss caring for ourselves and colleagues. In order to transform our workforce, and do well for young children and families, we must embrace strategies that address personal and professional well-being in our health and relationships, and creating workplaces where all can flourish. This keynote addresses how stress impacts our personal and professional functioning and introduces some strategies for supporting well-being in our work environments, with an overarching value on relationships.

View Dr. Gallagher's TedTalk "The Healthy Child: Assembly Required" on YouTube

About the Speaker

Kathleen GallagherKathleen (Kate) Gallagher, Ph.D.

Kathleen (Kate) Gallagher, Ph.D., is the Cille and Ron Williams Community Chair for Early Childhood Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute. Along with teaching and research, she engages with communities in Nebraska and the Buffett Institute, with the goal of enhancing the early childhood systems and workforce. Dr. Gallagher is an educational psychologist and early childhood professional, with over 30 years experience teaching, home visiting and leading early childhood programs, including early intervention and inclusive preschool programs. She has taught in child development and early education programs in higher education for over twenty years. Her research and professional development focus on identifying, implementing and evaluating practices, programs and policies that support the development and well-being of young children, their families, and early childhood professionals -- particularly in the contexts of poverty, disability and cultural diversity.

Dr. Gallagher spent 13 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she taught in the School of Education, and served as a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Her recent projects include: 1) an RCT intervention to support toddlers with autism and their families; 2) an evaluation of North Carolina’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge-Transformation Zone, a project designed to enhance implementation science and systems change capacities among early childhood systems in rural North Carolina, 3) and the Pennsylvania Head Start Staff Wellness Survey/Be Well project, designed to examine, and develop resources related to the well-being of the early childhood workforce. Dr. Gallagher graduated magna cum laude from Cardinal Stritch University in early childhood education/special education, received her Masters in Education at Marquette University, and her doctorate in Human Development and Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and educational products on children’s early language and literacy, social-emotional development and early intervention. Dr. Gallagher’s ability to communicate and elevate the importance of high quality early care and education are manifest in her TEDxUNC talk, “The Healthy Child: Assembly Required” and the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture, “Transformative Early Childhood Programs.”



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