UM Provost’s Lecture Series to Feature Teaching and Learning Professor

November 02, 2016

MISSOULA – University of Montana teaching and learning Professor Julie Bullard will speak Tuesday, Nov. 15, as part of the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.

Bullard will present “The Development of the Young Child’s Brain: Why the Environment Matters” at 5 p.m. in the North Ballroom of the University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Bullard is an early childhood professor at UM. During her 35 years in the field, she has taught in preschoosl and elementary schools, has been a childcare director and Head Start administrator, university professor and administrator. She is considered an innovative teacher and has received two national awards for her teaching, research and service: the Carnegie Professor of the Year for Montana in 2011 and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators’ Outstanding National Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year in 2015.

Bullard has a passion for the importance of chidlren’s early learning environments on their development and learning. She has presented national and state workshops on the topic, written many articles and has published a textbook, “Creating Environments for Learning: Birth to Age 8.” The book is used throughout the United States and internationally and has been translated into several languages.

Bullard served on a committee that wrote the national early childhood higher education standards. She has been involved in the development of the Montana early childhood knowledge base, infant-toddler guidelines, preschool standards, kindergarten standards and early childhood higher education standards. As a result of these efforts, she has received the Montana Early Childhood Service Award and the McCarthy Public Service Award. Bullard received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with an elementary and early childhood emphasis from Montana State University.

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