Michelle L. Rupiper is currently an Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Department Chair for Child, Youth & Family Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she has taught since 1994. She has served as a classroom teacher for infants through school-aged children as well as directed community-based programs during her career. Her belief that children deserve well-prepared, competent teachers who understand how children learn and are equipped to meet their needs has resulted in her conducting numerous national, regional and state presentations as well as presentations in Kenya, Mongolia, Australia, Qatar, Thailand and China. She has co-authored three books: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in Action (2013), Guiding Children’s Social Development and Learning, 9th ed. (2017) and Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education, 6th ed. (2015).
- Making ESSA Work in Early Childhood Classrooms for Dual Language Learners 07/21/2017The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows states to customize policies to best meet the needs of their learners—much like teachers who design and implement plans for each child to ensure s/he is appropriately challenged and supported to reach personal goals. Now is the time for states to use this opportunity to enhance classroom instruction […]Reading Rockets
- Sharing Books Across Miles: The Global Read Aloud Project 07/21/2017Some of Erin Kessel's fourth graders have never left their rural North Carolina hometown, or even ventured to the nearest beach just an hour-and-a-half away. This fact is a major motivator for their participation in the Global Read Aloud (GRA), which allows “Kessel’s Crew” to connect virtually with students in faraway classrooms to read and […]Reading Rockets
- Spokane schools’ summer STEM camps combat summer slide 07/21/2017On a hot July day, Maudie Johnson, 9, is trying to solve a homicide. She’s bent over a Kindle, comparing and contrasting different footprints taken from a crime scene down the hall. Nearby, another child examines what is purported to be blood splatters taken from the wall of the room. Johnson was one of around […]Reading Rockets