Governor Appoints Wheelock Professor to Education Board

July 15, 2010

Associate professor Eleonora Villegas-Reimers has been appointed to the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care (EEC). The EEC Board is the policy-making body for the Department of Early Education and Care and is dedicated to helping all children receive a strong start in a lifetime of learning.

Massachusetts was the first state to dedicate an entire department to expanding access and improving quality of education and after-school programs for young children. According to Governor Deval Patrick, "The Boards of Early Education and Care and Higher Education play a critical role in ensuring students are prepared for success and have every opportunity to carve their own path."

Dr. Villegas-Reimers will fill the role of Early Education Evaluator on the EEC Board. She is currently Chair of the Elementary Education Department and Associate Professor at Wheelock College. Her extensive academic resume includes expertise in child cognitive development and published research on improving teacher professional development, particularly in developing countries, and in values education, particularly democratic values and skills.

"The future success of our education system is dependent on our ability to ensure students arrive at school ready to learn," said Education Secretary Paul Reville. "Early education and care is critical to our work to prevent achievement gaps and promote educational excellence for all. "[Eleonora brings] great expertise, passion and leadership to the Board."

Other appointees to the Board of Early Education and Care are Joan Wasser Gish, J.D., M.A. and Elizabeth Childs, M.D., M.P.A.

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