Dr. Levin Wins Edgar Klugman Award

November 22, 2013

Dr. Levin receives Klugman AwardWheelock College Professor of Early Childhood Education Diane Levin received the 2013 Edgar Klugman Award at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference (NAEYC) along with child development expert and author, Nancy Carlsson-Paige.

The Klugman Award, now in its third year, honors individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of research, policy and practice, service, scholarship, and leadership.

Levin and Carlsson-Paige were honored for their "continued leadership in advocating for children's right to play." Levin and Carlsson-Paige are both Senior Advisers for Defending the Early Years (DEY), which seeks to rally educators to take action on policies that affect the education of young children. The Award is named on behalf of Edgar Klugman, a former early childhood professor at Wheelock College.

Diane Levin teaches courses on play, media literacy, violence prevention and peace building, and qualitative research. For 8 years, she had led an annual Wheelock Service Learning Program to Northern Ireland that focuses on How Education Programs Can Help Communities Affected by Conflict and Violence Heal. Since 1995 she has co-taught a summer institute on Media Madness: The Impact of Sex, Violence, and Commercial Culture on Adults, Children and Society and What We Can Do about It. An internationally recognized expert, she helps professionals, parents and policymakers understand and respond to the impact of various societal forces-such as violence and sexualization, and media and commercial culture-on children's development, learning and behavior.

Levin is the author or co-author of nine books including: Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age (2013); So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids; The War Play Dilemma: What Every Parent and Teacher Needs to Know; and, Teaching Young Children in Violent Times: Building a Peaceable Classroom.

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