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Mary Ellen McGuire-Schwartz

Horace Mann Hall (HM) 207
(401) 456-8250
mmcguire@ric.edu

Academic Background

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Doctor of Education in Child and Family Studies
Dissertation Title: An Exploration of the Relationships between Family and Social Support and Parent-Child Attachment: Multicultural Perspectives in the United States and Ireland.

Bank Street College of Education, New York, New York
Master of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
Bachelor of Arts in Early Education and Social Change

Courses Taught

ECED 301 Developmental Approaches to Teaching and Learning
ECED 419 Early Care and Education Birth to Three
ECED 502 Curriculum, Developmental Play, and Programs
ECED 503 Infants and Toddlers in Early Care and Education
ECED 505 Early Childhood Education and Development Issues
ECED 512 Working with Families: Building Home-School Partnerships
ECED 662 Seminar in Early Childhood Research
ELED 506 Programs and Models in Early Education
ELED 511 Play and Inquiry across Early Childhood Curricula

Background

It was my pleasure to begin working with early childhood education teacher candidates and teaching early childhood education courses in the Elementary Education Department at Rhode Island College in the Fall 2003 semester. In July 2008, I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor.

My experiences working with young children and families include working in early care and education programs as a teacher, teacher-director, and director of infant-toddler, preschool, and school-age programs, and as a consultant to family centers. My experiences have taught me the importance and value of social justice, equity, collaboration, and advocacy for young children and their families.

I have presented my research at numerous state, national, and international conferences including the American Education Research Association Conference, Association for Childhood Education International Conferences, Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference, Association of Teacher Educators Conference, European Early Childhood Research Association Conferences, Head Start National Research Conferences, International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting, Rhode Island Early Childhood Conferences, National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, and the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators Conferences. I am an active participant in many national professional organizations, including the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the American Education Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, I am a member of the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children. I serve on the NAEYC NCATE Program Review Panel.

My personal interests include photography, music, theater, the arts, nature walks, animal wildlife, and world travel.

Research Interests

  • Child Development with an emphasis on Risk and Protective Factors

  • Universal Design for Learning

  • Universal Course Design

  • Universally Designed Lesson Plans

  • Online Pedagogy

  • Early Relationships including Parent-Child Bonds and Attachment

  • Family support and its Impact on Early Development

  • Diversity and Multicultural Education

Publications

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2010) Teaching the way children learn [Review of the book Teaching the way children learn] Childhood Education, 86(4): 282-283.

Arndt, J.S. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2008). Early childhood success: Recognizing families as integral partners. Childhood Education, 84(5): 281-285.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2008). Working with families, infants and toddlers: Building bridges between homes and centers. ACEI Focus on Infants and Toddlers, 20(4):1-3,6-7.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2007). Relationships between family and social support and mother-child bonds: Multicultural perspectives in Ireland and the United States. Journal of Children and Poverty, 13(2):133-156.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J.S. (2007). Transforming Universal Design for Learning in early childhood teacher education from college classroom to early childhood classroom. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 28:127-139.

Presentations

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E & Arndt, J.S. (2010, November). Model of Collaboration: Networking, Presenting, Writing, and Conducting Research with Colleagues to Advance Early Childhood Educational Leadership. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Anaheim, California.

Arndt, J.S. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2010, February). Examining family support practices: Strategies that promote family and professional engagement and collaboration. 18th Annual International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Arndt, J.S. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2009, March). Bridging Instruction from Pre-service to In-service using Universal Course Design: Providing Equal Educational Access and Strategies Promoting Success for All. Presented at the ACEI Annual International Conference & Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois.

Henshaw, E. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2009, February). Culturally Responsive Education: Preparing Pre-service Teachers to Understand and Learn about Different Cultures and Values to Gain Perspectives of the Global Community. ATE Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J.S. (2008, October). Universal Design for Learning: Constructing strategies to provide access for diverse learners. Paper presented at Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference, Johnson City, TN.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J.S. (2008, June) Universal Design for Learning Opportunities with technology in early childhood teacher preparation: Equal access for all. Paper presented at NAEYC 17th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional development, New Orleans, LA.

Arndt, J.S. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2008, March) Partnering with families: Focusing on relationships, involvement, and transitions with families of children birth through four. Paper presented at CHILDSPAN's 2008 Critical Issues in Child Care Conference, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2007, August) Universally Designed Lesson Plans: Teacher Candidates Thinking and Experiences. Paper presented at the meeting of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J. (May, 2007).Teacher Candidates Use of Action Research: Implementing, Examining, and Reflecting on Principles that Transform Teaching Practice in the Diverse Classroom. Paper Presented at ACEI Conference, Tampa, FL

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J. S. (April, 2007). Utilizing Universal Design for Learning to Transform Teacher Candidates’ Practice in the Classroom. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J. (2006, November). Writing Universally Designed Syllabi for the College Classroom. Round Table discussion presented at the meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA.

Henshaw, E. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2006, November). Different cultures/different values: Implications for teaching and learning. Presented at Promising Practices Seventh Annual Multi-Cultural Conference and Curriculum Fair, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2006, October) Amusement Park for the Birds: The Roles of the Hundred Languages of Children, Creativity, Emergent Curriculum, and Long Term Projects. Presented at Rhode Island NAREA workshop, Providence, Rhode Island.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J.S. (2006, September). The promise of Universal Design for Learning in teacher education and early childhood classroom: Practices to promote democracy and culture. Paper presented at the meeting of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Arndt, J.S., & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2006, June). The promise of Universal Design for Learning: An innovative approach to teacher education and staff development training for early childhood classroom practice. Poster session presented at the Head Start’s 8th National Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J. S. (2006, April). Universal Design for Learning: A model offering promise and support to pre-service teachers in meeting the needs of culturally diverse students. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International, San Antonio, TX.

Arndt, J. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2006, April). Developing partnerships with diverse families in early childhood settings: Examining the role of professionals. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Childhood Education International, San Antonio, TX.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2006, April). Infant-Toddler curriculum: Building bridges between home and center. Paper presented at the meeting of the Rhode Island Early Childhood Conference, Providence, RI.

Dalton, E., DiMeo, J., Dyson, J., Lawrence, M. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2006, January). Universal Design for Learning: Opportunities and Strategies for Teaching All Students. Presented at the 10th Annual Faculty Development Workshop Thinking and Learning: What’s New? Presented by the Writing Board at Rhode Island College.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2005, September). An exploration of the relationships between family support and parent-child bonds: Multicultural perspectives in Ireland and the United States. Paper presented at the meeting of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, Dublin, Ireland.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J.S. (2005, June). Transforming Universal Design for Learning from college classroom to classroom practice. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Miami Beach, FL.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Arndt, J.S. (2005, April). Supporting family, child, and professional relationships in early childhood settings: The role of programs and professionals. Paper presented at the meeting of the Rhode Island Early Childhood Conference, Providence, RI.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2004, April) Supporting parent-child relationships: Research findings from a multicultural study. Paper presented at Rhode Island Early Childhood Conference, Providence, RI.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E., Arndt, J. S. & Gonzalez-Martinez, J. (2004, June). Enhancing relationships from infancy to preschool: An exploration of research based strategies. Poster presented at Head Start’s 7th National Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Lawrence, M., Knight-McKenna, M., & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2004, November). Realizing Brown vs. Board of Education: Exploring the Promise of Universal Design. Presented at Promising Practices Seventh Annual Multi-Cultural Conference and Curriculum Fair, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Tucciarone, L. (2002). Supporting parent-child relationships: Preliminary research findings from a multicultural study. Presented at Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Willimantic, CT.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (1999). Attachment and coping: The effects of caregivers. Presented at Connecticut Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Trumbull, CT.

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. & Tucciarone, L. (1998, November). Protecting children at risk: Providing protective factors through early child programs and interventions. Presented at National Association for the Education of Young Children, Toronto, Canada.

Gruenberg, A. & McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (1998). Risk factors in context. Presented at Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium Conference, Sturbridge, MA.

Dissertation

McGuire-Schwartz, M.E. (2003) An Exploration of the Relationships between Family and Social Support and Parent-Child Attachment: Multicultural Perspectives in the United States and Ireland, http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dissertations/AAI3096302/

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