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Dr. Joan Blaska

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Dr. Joan K. Blaska, chair of the SCSU Department of Child & Family Studies, has been invited to participate in the week-long celebration when Dr. Evelyn C. Lynch, former professor and coordinator of early childhood education at Moorhead State University, is inaugurated as president of Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Dr. Blaska will give the lecture, “Learning about Disabilities Through Children’s Literature,” on Thursday, April 28, at Saint Joseph College.

Dr. Blaska's research areas include emergent literacy and literacy rich environments, diverse children's literature and understanding the emotional impact of parenting a child with disabilities. Her book, "Using Children's Literature to Learn about Disabilities and Illness," is based on more than 10 years of research in the area of children's literature that includes characters with a disability or illness. Dr. Blaska has worked extensively with early childhood programs on curriculum issues and with families who have children with disabilities.

Dr. Lynch collaborated with Dr. Blaska on many early childhood education initiatives when she lived and worked in Minnesota.

- Marge Proell

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