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Author Biography

Lauren Lantz-Helm is a teacher in the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill. Lauren has an M.S. from Portland State University's Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education program. Lauren conducted action research projects while working in the Helen Gordon CDC and is inspired by the work of Reggio Emilia, Italy and reusing materials in education.; Dr. Will Parnell is the pedagogical director of early childhood programs on Portland State University’s campus and is an Assistant Professor. He also coordinates the Master’s specialization in early childhood education for the Graduate School of Education's Curriculum and Instruction department. His specialty areas are environments and designs for learning and teaching, equity and culture in early education, and documenting young children's learning. Will’s passion for learning spaces can been seen through his work in the programs he touches.

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