And the Walls Came Tumbling Down presented by Dr. Joyce Myers

February 24, 2016 2:00 EST–February 24, 2016 3:00 EST

Participants will explore the ways that play supports young children's spiritual development.  We will discuss ways that spiritual development is supported through play in both the cognitive and social/emotional domains of development.  Specific examples will be given to support application in the classroom.

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Dr. Joyce Myers is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Arlington.  She is the program coordinator for the ESL EC-6 teacher certification program.  Dr. Myers has her Ed.D in early childhood education from the University of North Texas.  Her experience includes that of classroom teacher, preschool/children's minister, elementary school principal in a Christian school, and conference leader.  In addition to teaching university courses Dr. Myers leads professional development for early childhood teachers and parents.  Her research interests include teacher education in early childhood programs as well as children's spiritual development.

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