New York, NY (PRWEB) January 03, 2012
Julie Bullard, Professor of Education and Director of Early Childhood Education at Montana Western, and author of Pearson’s Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age Eight, has been recognized as the 2011 U.S. Professor of the Year for Montana, one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching. The award is presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
“Through her innovation and dedication, Julie has expanded higher education opportunities in her state, and she continues to exemplify the values that Pearson embraces,” said Julie Peters, Pearson’s Senior Acquisitions Editor, Early Childhood Education, Professional & Career, Higher Education. “She is one of our ‘sounding board’ authors, as we value her judgment on so many levels, and we congratulate her on this tremendous honor.”
Bullard earned her degree in child development at Montana State University in 1975, and then worked at the Billings Women’s League as a house parent for abused and neglected children. Following a stint at Northern Montana Head Start, she pursued a master’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in early childhood and history and social science from Northern Montana College (now Montana State University-Northern) in Havre. While earning her master’s degree she also worked part time preparing future teachers in the Havre Head Start and Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy reservations to obtain the Child Development Associate national certificate.
In 1989, Bullard took over the new grant-funded early childhood education program at Western Montana College of the University of Montana (now the University of Montana Western). When grant money ran out two years later, she oversaw the program’s institutionalization, and the Montana Western Early Childhood Education program grew from three to nine field sites across the state. The program now offers a one-year certificate, an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree and a minor leading to a teaching certificate endorsement.
She is credited with increasing retention and completion rates of students in her program and for pioneering Montana Western’s innovative block scheduling program, Experience One, through which students take, and professors teach, one class at a time three hours per day over an 18-day period. By taking four blocks in a semester students earn the same amount of credits as in traditional scheduling models.
Bullard’s Creating Environments, published in 2010, provides a balance of theory and application to help novices and early childhood practitioners understand why and how to set up, arrange, and make changes to early childhood learning environments. Coverage woven through each chapter includes material for all age groups in early childhood (infants and toddlers through 3rd grade), assessing the environment, meeting the needs of all learners, the teacher’s role in facilitating learning in the various environments, and ways to address each curricular area outdoors.
In addition to Creating Environments, Bullard has worked with Pearson to develop a series of educational labs and an online course in Health, Safety, and Nutrition to be published in 2012.
“I feel extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Bullard. “I think the faculty at Montana Western is exemplary, and this honor is not just recognition of me but of our entire faculty and all the hard work we do.”
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