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Early Childhood Education Faculty

Will Parnell, EdD
Associate professor and coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction ECE Specialization and pedagogical director, Early Childhood Education programs
Dr. Parnell is an associate professor of education, program coordinator of the early childhood education master’s specialization program and the elementary graduate teacher education program, and pedagogical liaison to PSU children’s programs. He has been working for PSU since 1997 and teaching since 2000. He has written publications on the experiences of teachers and children in schools for young children and has special interest in developing model schools and designing learning spaces. His most recent research focuses on bringing Reggio Emilia, Italy’s Remida Creative Recycling Center, home to Portland to integrate education, art, and architecture and foster intelligent moderation as the new norm in our ways of living.

Christine Chaille, PhD
Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department Chair
Dr. Chaillé is a professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Portland State University. She has been teaching at Portland State University since 1991, and her focus is on early childhood education. Her doctorate degree is from UCLA, and she studied with Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva. She is co-author of The Young Child as Scientist: A Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Science Education, now in its third edition, and has published a second book, Big Ideas: Constructivism Across the Early Childhood Curriculum: Big Ideas as Inspiration. She has written many publications, primarily on the importance of children's play.