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Dr. Clover Wright

Education

  • B.A.: Education, specializing in Early Elementary, Antioch College
  • M.A.: Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Early Childhood, West Virginia University
  • Ed.D.: Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Early Childhood, West Virginia University

Biography

Dr. Wright worked for 12 years as an early chlidhood educator in a variety of contexts, both public and private, in Ohio, West Virginia and Louisiana. As an early childhood educator since 2009, she draws on her years of teaching young children and includes plenty of playful and hands-on learning experiences for her students.

Research Interests

Early childhood education, specifically play, creativity, science and nature, language/literacy, communication, diversity, professional development.

Hands-On Learning

Dr. Wright uses an approach to teaching about curriculum that engages her students first from the child’s perspective as explorers and learners, then as teachers who use those experiences to inform planning and assessment. She calls these the “10 Key Experiences” essential to early childhood education; they include outdoor play, drawing, painting, read-alouds, dramatic play, construction with blocks, singing and dancing, sensory play and even cooking.

She likes to coordinate expert presentations in class from teachers in the field.  Last spring teachers from a local preschool presented about their experience with project-based learning and teaching.

Also, in the spring, in coordination with other teachers in the department, Dr. Wright and her students hosted an Earth Day Celebration, for which local preschool students came to campus and participated in hands-on science activities designed and led by her students.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Childhood Education

Academic Program(s)

  • B.S. Education in Pre-K - 4 Education
  • M.E. Early Childhood Education
  • M.E. English as a Second Language

Contact Information

Email:
wright_c@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-4222

Office:
Keystone Hall 307

Quotable

"I love to see that 'aha!' moment, when my students start to connect their own experience with the content of their coursework. It is wonderful to see students transform into teachers!"

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