Jean Barbre, EdD

Engaging Children in Scientific Inquiry

What can teachers do to support a child’s curiosity and growing ability to engage in scientific inquiry? This workshop will focus on developmentally appropriate experiential learning that supports the integration of scientific inquiry with an emphasis on the social and physical environment. The Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Framework will be highlighted to support teachers to plan active hands-on experiences that hone in observation skills, encourage exploration and investigation, and promote language development and documentation.

Jean-Barbre.jpgJean Barbre, EdD (Palm Springs)

Jean Barbre, EdD, is the Region 9 California Preschool Instructional Network Lead. She holds a master’s degree in child and family studies from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Fullerton and a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Pepperdine University. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist where she blends her knowledge of counseling and psychology into her understanding of children and families.

Jean has 30 years of experience working with children and families as a preschool director, teacher, therapist, college instructor, national and international presenter and a guest presenter on public television. She has extensive knowledge and training on STEM education and is active at the state and national level on early STEM initiatives. Jean is an author of two Redleaf published books, Foundations for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos and Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. Her third book published by Redleaf Press on STEM for Children Birth to Age 3 will be released in 2017.