Nov. 14 — Brown Bag Discussion with Laurel Bongiorno

Contact: Paula Olsen,

“Come Out & Play With Me!”

 Professor Laurel Bongiorno will share her doctoral research focused on preschool parents’ perceptions of their children’s learning through play.  She will also share some good books and articles for parents of young children!

Where and when: Morgan Room, Aiken Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Guest speaker:  Laurel Bongiorno, Ph.D., program director, Education and Human Studies

Laurel Bongiorno has served as a full-time faculty member in Champlain College’s Education program for more than twelve years. Prior to becoming a Champlain faculty member, she taught preschool, directed a parent education program, and directed an employer sponsored early childhood program in Burlington.

During her career, Laurel has served as Chair of the Child Care Resource board of directors in Williston, Vermont, as President of the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VAEYC), as Champlain College’s Faculty Senate President, and as a member of several organizational boards including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Affiliate Council, Vermont’s STARS Oversight Committee, and the Governor’s Advisory Committee.

Bongiorno co-coordinates VAEYC’s bi-monthly publication, eConnections and has written for Young Children. Laurel consults with local early childhood programs presenting quality early childhood professional development opportunities and offers workshops and keynotes on the topics of play, leadership and mentoring, and curriculum development.

Bongiorno recently completed her PhD in Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood with a dissertation focused on a narrative analysis of preschool parents’ stories of their children’s play and learning. She is passionate about play as learning and about this graduate program at Champlain College.


Upcoming Brown Bag Lectures, Fall 2012:

Wednesday, December 5—Associate Professor Lindsey Godwin, Division of Business

To volunteer for a brown bag talk, please contact Paula Olsen,


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