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Gaye Gronlund, M.A.

Early Childhood Education Consultant

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Gaye Gronlund taught preschool and kindergarten in both regular and special education, and evolved into a consultant as she began to write articles and books, and give presentations around the country. Now, she devotes her time exclusively to helping teachers, administrators, and policy makers implement the best approaches when teaching and assessing young children.
Clients have included the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), the State of Minnesota Department of Education, the State of New Mexico Office of Child Development and PreK Program, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Indiana Department of Education, the South Carolina Department of Education, and schools and programs throughout the United States.
Areas of expertise include:
Coaching Teachers to Connect Observations, Documentation, and Individualized Curricular Planning
Early Learning Standards 
(assisted in the development of the
New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines,  
the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards, and the supporting materials and training modules for the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress)
Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum Development: Learning through Play
Observational Assessment including Portfolio Documentation
Active Learning for Adults
Author of the following books published by Redleaf Press:
Saving Play: Addressing Standards through Play-Based Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten (coauthor, Thomas Rendon) (to be published in 2017)

Individualized, Child-Focused Curriculum: A Differentiated Approach

Planning for Play, Observation, and Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten
Developmentally Appropriate Play: Guiding Young Children to Higher Levels (with parent brochure, Why Children Play)
Make Early Learning Standards Come Alive 2nd edition: Connecting Your Practice and Curriculum to State Guidelines
Focused Observations 2nd edition: How to Observe Young Children for Assessment for Curriculum Planning (coauthor, Marlyn James)
Early Learning Standards and Staff Development: Best Practices in the Face of Change (coauthor, Marlyn James)
Focused Portfolios: A Complete Assessment for the Young Child (coauthor, Bev Engel)