January 2016 Newsletter
January 2016 Newsletter 
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Announcement From Board President

The Gesell Institute of Child Development announces, with regret, that Marcy Guddemi is leaving the Institute after 8 years of dedicated service.

During her tenure, Marcy has moved the Gesell Institute forward, has represented us well and made significant accomplishments including the re-norming of the Gesell Developmental Observation Tool.

Marcy has been a premier advocate for young children in this country, and the Gesell Institute appreciates the contributions she has made and wishes her success in her future endeavors.


Carole Weisberg, President
Board of Directors
Gesell Institute of Child Development


Letter From Marcy Guddemi

Dear Family and Friends of Gesell,

This will be my last message to you as I am leaving the Institute to pursue other opportunities.  I want to thank all of you for believing in Gesell Institute of Child Development, its mission, and purpose.  The landmark work of Dr. Arnold Gesell (1880-1961), and later corroborated with our national study of 2010, show the importance of understanding and respecting the developing child and each child’s individual rate of development. 

I have enjoyed so much the eight years that I have worked for the Institute. Visiting many of your schools made me proud to be part of an organization that believes in the right children have to a developmentally appropriate education and, in general, the child’s right to play; as guaranteed by the United Nations 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We must continue to strive and advocate for policies in our local and state education institutions and government agencies so that these rights will not be taken away.  Well-development of this generation ensures the success of the future, both economically as well as socially and emotionally for individuals and communities.  We also cannot forget the importance physical development.  We need a healthy and fit society to cut the cost of health care.  Please, send your children outdoors to run and play daily!

Thank you for the support many of you have given to me, directly, or indirectly simply by purchasing our child development assessment and products; all have helped advance the mission of the Gesell Institute of Child Development.  I deeply value the relationships I have built while I led this important, historical, “more-relevant-now-than-ever” Institution.  I wish you and the Institute well, and I wish you all enormous success in the jobs you do to help make sure children receive a developmentally appropriate education.

Yours Very Truly,
Marcy Guddemi, PhD, MBA


Breaking News

Welcome to First Grade Kindergarten 

U.S. News & World Report article highlights a new study:  

"Kindergarten is the new first grade. That's the big finding from researchers at the University of Virginia who compared kindergarten and first-grade classrooms between 1998 and 2010, and found that over the 12-year period, kindergarten classes have become startlingly like first grade."

Gesell Professional Development Opportunities
With the New Year here, we all are thinking more about Professional Development Opportunities! We have many workshops scheduled all over the country during the Fall and Winter months! Please visit our website link below to see locations, and join us for an exciting professional learning opportunity. Remember Gesell examiners should take a workshop every five years.

Upcoming Gesell Institute Workshops

Charlotte, North Carolina - February 3-5 @ First Presbyterian Church Schools
Raleigh, North Carolina - March 23 -25 @ Ravenscroft School
Eaton, Colorado - April 14-16 @ Eaton Administration Building
Baltimore, Maryland - April 25-27 @ The Park School

View our FULL workshop schedule HERE!
           ◙ Enroll todayOur Workshops fill up fast. The improving economy is encouraging
              teachers and administrators to focus on their Professional Development.
              Sign-up today at toll-free 1-800-369-7709, Extension 701.
              Or register Online!
           ◙ We look forward to help you reach your Teaching and Professional Development Goals!

Winter Webinar Series


Gesell Institute is offering a four-part webinar series, and the first session is FREE!

Individuals and groups can register in our online bookstore.

This February we will offer a four-part series that you won't want to miss! View the full schedule and register in our bookstore here!


Tips from the National Lecture Staff

Dear Friends,

As we start the new year, it is a great time to look at things in a new, fresh way! As educators, parents, or professionals in the field we are easily discouraged by the "every day" challenges of our very BIG job. Our responsibility of coming alongside each child as they grow and support them is a big enough task on its own, yet we have many other challenges facing us as well. Higher expectations for learning, finiancial challenges, and personal committments can all add to the pressure we feel. 

So let's encourage and support each other to have a new outlook! Let's remind one another of the priviledge it is to have a part in the growth and development of the children we serve. Enjoy the moments with the little ones, and laugh with them! Realize that our work has lasting impact on individual lives and our world. A new year is a time for a fresh start! The Gesell Institute is here to help support you! Let us know how we can help you start your year in a positive and refreshed way!

Together for the Children,

erin sig

Erin Akers, M.Ed.
Director, National Lecture Staff



The National Lecture Staff Blog:

Stay Tuned in February for the continuation of our series "What Every Early Childhood Educator Should Know", with Number 4 in our Countdown! Movement develops more than muscles!

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