UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Molly Gerrish

Molly Gerrish

Molly Gerrish

Associate Professor
member of graduate faculty

Start Year: 2006

Teacher Education
Office: 258 Wyman Teacher Education Bldg
Phone: 715-425-3510

Email: molly.gerrish@uwrf.edu

Education:

Ph.D. Early Childhood Education 2014
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN

Master of Science in Education, 2001
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, minor in Early Childhood Education, 1996 University of Wisconsin-River Falls, River Falls, WI

Courses Taught:

Courses Taught:
Program Coordinator- Early Childhood Education
TED 225 Developmental Learning
TED 326 Place-Based Science
TED 329 Supporting Social/Emotional Development through nature experiences
TED 330 Infant/Toddler Programs
TED 332 Preschool Curriculum
TED 345 Parent Education and Family Development
TED 389 Supporting social/emotional development through nature experiences
TED 410 Early Childhood Language Arts
Advisor- Early Years Enthusiasts (EYE)

Research Interests:

Nature-based teaching; Risk Assessment and Risky Play
Inquiry -Based Learning; Experiential Learning
Adverse Childhood Experiences/Influence on Development and Learning
Social/Emotional Development
Early Intervention; School Readiness
Nature-Integrated Environments; Sustainability in EC Programs
Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Communication Patterns of young children and parents/teachers; Parent and Family Education

Professional Activities:

2013 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award for the College of Education and Professional Studies

2014 Opening Minds USA Innovation Finalist

Publications:

Problem Solving Skills: A necessary skill for school and life success. Walden University Early Childhood Organization News.

Intentional teaching and nature: benefits for early childhood educators. Wonder/Exchange Magazine, Nature Action Collaborative for Children (NACC).

Connecting your kids to humanity’s greatest teacher. RestoreHealing.com

Needs versus wants: teaching our children to be mindful consumers with an attitude of gratitude. Family First, Winter Issue, 2011.

1, 2, 3 Go! Scavenger hunts encourage learning. Teaching Young Children, TYC, 4(4), 21-24.



Presentations

International Presentations:   

"Using the outdoors to engage, excite, and explore to create sustainable citizens of the world". Global Summit on Childhood, ACEI, April, 2014, Vancouver.

National Presentations:

Opening Minds USA Conference, Chicago, ILPromoting Development of Inquiry, Place-Based and Sustainable Practices in Early Childhood Programs. Opening Minds USA Conference. January, 2015.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Inspire-Explore-Discover: Promoting Development of Inquiry, Place-Based and Sustainable Practices in Early Childhood Programs. NAEYC national conference, Dallas, TX. November, 2014

Opening Minds Chicago AEYC. Shoes Off, Hands On! Using the Outdoors to Engage, Excite, Experiment, and Explore with Young Children to Create Sustainable Citizens of the World Opening Minds Chicago AEYC, January, 2014.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Engage, excite, experiment, and explore! How to use nature-based teaching practices with young children to create sustainable citizens of the world. Presented at the NAEYC national conference, Atlanta, GA., November, 2012.

The Association for Experiential Educators (AEE). Engage, excite, experiment, and explore! How to use nature-based teaching practices with young children to create sustainable citizens of the world. Presented at the AEE national conference, Madison, WI, October, 2012.