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Sarah Huisman

Professor / Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Office: East 256


  • Ph.D., Teaching and Learning


  • Teaching Certification (Birth-grade 8; ESL, Gifted Education- California)

Courses Taught

  • EDU 268: Introduction to Learner Development
  • EDU 529: Enhancing Student Achievement through Positive Behavior Supports
  • ECE 433: Application of Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum
  • CTE 730: Qualitative Research Strategies
  • FCS 533: Advocacy and Public Policy-Addressing a World in Need

Scholarly Interests

Reflection on the impact of teaching and learning, inclusive education, screen time and the impact on child development, social emotional learning, early childhood teacher training, parental self-efficacy, teacher efficacy.

Conference Presentations

NAEYC- (Washington D.C.): The University’s Role in Developing Culturally Competent Teachers. (November 2018)

Early Childhood Summit- (Phoenix, AZ): What You Do Matters: Empowering Parents through Knowledge and Social Connections (August 2018).

Parents as Teachers Conference- (Philadelphia, PA): What Groups Do: Empowering Parents through Knowledge and Connection. (November 2017)

NAEYC-(Atlanta, GA): Empowering Preservice Urban Teachers through Action Research. (November 2017)

NAEYC- (Los Angeles, CA): American Indian Perspective on early childhood education. (November 2016)

SoTL Conference (Savannah, GA)- Experiential Learning for Generation Z (poster), (April 2016)

NAEYC Annual Conference- Native American Parental Perception of Early Childhood Education, Orlando, Florida. (November 2015)

2015 Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference- Using VLOGs in Experiential Learning Experiences, St. Louis, MO (November 2015)

SXSW- Health Impact of Screen Time for Babies and Toddlers. Austin, TX (March 2015)

NAEYC Annual Conference – Preservice Teacher Reflection with Technology, Dallas, TX (November 2014)

Crucial Early Years- Apps in the Preschool Classroom, St. Louis, MO (October 2014)

RBAEYC Spring Conference- Apps in the Preschool Classroom, St. Charles, MO (April 2014)

Lutheran Early Childhood Conference –Redefining “Circle” Time, St. Peters, MO (March 2014)

NAEYC Annual Conference- Preservice Teacher Reflection, Washington, DC (November, 2013)

Crucial Early Years- Redefining “Circle” Time, St. Louis, MO (October, 2013)

RB-AEYC Spring Conference- Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum in the Preschool Classroom, St. Charles, MO (April, 2013)

Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy- Experiential Learning: An exploration of situated and service learning, Blacksburg, VA (February, 2013)

NAEYC Annual Conference- Preparing New Teacher Mentors, Atlanta, GA (November, 2012)

Crucial Early Years- Integrating Curriculum in the Preschool Classroom, St. Louis, MO (October 2012)

AEYC-MO Conference- Assessing the Center for Overall Care, Springfield, MO (September, 2012)

AAFCS Annual Conference- Advocacy and Action-Empowering Future FCS Leaders, Indianapolis, IN (June 2012)

NAEYC Institute- Future Early Childhood Teachers: Empowering with Advocacy Indianapolis, IN (June 2012)

RB-AEYC Spring Curriculum Conference: – Integrating Curriculum in the Preschool Classroom, St. Charles, MO (April 2012)

RB-AEYC Stepping Up to Leadership: -Assessing the Center for Overall Care, St. Charles, MO (April 2012)

National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, NAECTE Urban Education Researchnet Group: Parents’ Perceptions on Play: The Data, Orlando, FL (November 2011)

Parents as Teachers National Conference- Children in A Modern World, St. Louis, MO (November 2011)

RB-AEYC Spring Curriculum Conference: – Balanced Literacy Approach in the Pre-School Classroom, St. Charles, MO (April 2011)

AEYC Directors Institute, The Importance of Advocacy in the Early Childhood Field, St. Charles, MO (April 2011)

National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, NAECTE Urban Education Researchnet Group: Parents’ Perceptions on Play: The Research Design, Anaheim, CA (November 2010)

Crucial Early Years-Superhero play: Is All Play Created Equal? St. Louis, MO (October 2010)

RB-AEYC Spring Curriculum Conference: Children in a Modern World, St. Charles, MO (April 2010)

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Missouri Association of the Education of Young Children (MO-AEYC)
  • River Bends Association of the Education of Young Children (RB-AEYC)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
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