My name is Jeff Daitsman. I have been an early childhood educator since 2007. In that time I have worked in classrooms with children ranging from several weeks old to as late as third grade, and all ages in between. I currently teach in a bilingual Spanish/English preschool classroom in San Francisco. I have an AAS in Child Development from Truman College and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and in Psychology: Human Development from National-Louis University. While I view myself primarily as a teacher, I have a research background as well, having worked as a research assistant in the psychology departments of National-Louis University and of University of California, Berkeley. I have also published teacher research based on my experiences as a classroom teacher, and a list of my publications can be seen below.
Daitsman, J. (2014). Empowering Children through Gender Diversity. In L.W. Watson (Ed.) It Takes Team Effort: Men and Women Together to Enhance Children’s Lives. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Daitsman, J. (2012). Reflective Early Childhood Educators’ Social Seminar: RECESS. In G. Perry, B. Henderson, & D.R. Meier (Eds.) Our Inquiry, Our Practice: Undertaking, Supporting, and Learning from Early Childhood Teacher Research(ers). Washington, DC: NAEYC.
Daitsman, J. (2011). The Teacher With the Beard: A Nurturing Male Helps Children Overcome Bias. In L.W. Watson & C.S. Woods (Eds.), Go Where You Belong: Male Teachers as Cultural Workers in the Lives of Children, Families, and Communities. Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.
Daitsman, J. (2011). Exploring Gender Identity in Early Childhood through Story Dictation and Dramatization. Voices of Practitioners, 6 (1). Online: http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/vop/VOP_Daitsman_Final.pdf
Daitsman, J. (2009). “Once Upon A Time There Was…”: Forms and Functions of Story Dictation in Preschool. In D.R. Meier (Ed.), Here’s the Story: Using Narrative to Promote Young Children’s Language and Literacy Learning. New York: Teachers College Press.