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Early childhood curriculum expert to present in West Hawaii

Dr. Lisa S. Goldstein, a professor and director of teacher education at Santa Clara University in California, will be in Hawaii in early November to speak on “Leveraging the Common Core Standards to Support Young Children’s Learning.”

An internationally recognized expert on teachers’ curricular and instructional decision-making in pre-kindergarten through third grade, Dr. Goldstein has spent the last 10 years documenting early childhood teachers’ successful efforts to engage in developmentally-appropriate practice in today’s standards-driven environment.

The Hawaii Island workshop will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Waikoloa Beach Resort. Cost to attend is $32 per person and includes continental breakfast. The workshops are being sponsored by Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, in partnership with the Head Start Association of Hawaii and Hawaii P-3.

“This is an important topic for Department of Education teachers, but is also pertinent to educators in preschool settings as they prepare children for kindergarten,” says Angela Thomas, team leader for Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, who added, “The workshops are appropriate for both DOE and preschool teachers in all settings.”

Registration forms are available online at For more information, call Gail Judd at 987-8710, email or Registration must be received, with payment, by Friday, Oct. 25.

Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, a program of Friends of the Future, is an initiative created by individuals and organizations committed to helping all keiki on Hawaii Island to be healthy, happy and to thrive by supporting families, strengthening practitioners and engaging communities. For information on Baby STEPS to Stronger Big Island Families, contact Thomas at 887-1228.