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2000 Speaker Series

Vivian Paley
December 5-6, 2000

Vivian Gussen Paley writes and teaches about the world of young children. She examines their stories and play, their logic and their thinking, searching for meaning in the social and moral landscapes of classroom life. A kindergarten teacher for 37 years, Mrs. Paley brings her storytelling/story acting and discussion techniques to children, teachers and parents throughout the world. She is the recipient of the 1987 Erikson institute Award for Service to Children and a MacArthur Fellowhip in 1989. She received a Lifetime Achievement American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 1998. In 1997, her book, The Girl with the Brown Crayon, was give teh Harvard University press annual Virginia and Warren Stone Price as the outstanding book about education and society and in 1999 the same book brought her the NCTE David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in Teaching of English. Also, Mrs. Paley received the John Dewey Society's Outstanding Achievement Award for the year 2000. The titles of some of her other books include White Teacher; Wally's Stories; Boys and Girls; You Can't Say You Can't Play; Kwanza and Me; and The Kindness of Children.


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