Dr. Delores Lowe Friedman
As an educator and author, my life’s work has been to bring information to parents and teachers that will help them give children the best education possible. As a retired full professor from Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, I hope to continue that work here on my new blog, Education in Bytes.
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. My doctorate is in Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. I have written and spoken extensively on education issues about which I am passionate, including parent involvement, and good early childhood education practices, science education and equity. In my work as a professor, I was honored by the University for the major grants I received to improve education. A major grant from the U. S. Department of Education called Science, YES! provided science coursework and a course in the teaching of science to New York City public school teachers. The program promoted equity in the classroom by promoting inquiry-based, hands-on, cooperative learning strategies, which improve the participation of all children, boys and girls, and under-represented minorities.
Creating and Presenting an Early Childhood Education Portfolio: A Reflective Approach, my most recent book, was published by Cengage in January 2011. It guides early childhood education students in reflecting on and assessing their work using the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards , organizing it into a binder portfolio or using the latest technology, an e-portfolio. My scholarly articles on science education and professional development of teachers appear in journals such as the Journal of College Science Teaching, and Young Children, the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. My book Parents Provide Roots and Wings, a parenting curriculum for parents of middle school and high school students, was published by Bank Street College.
Prior to teaching in college, I served as an Associate in Evaluation and Planning for the State Education Department of New York. In that role, I was the primary author of the Board of Regents Policy Paper, Parent Partnerships: Linking Families, Schools and Community. I provided technical assistance to New York State Prekindergarten Programs and Parenting Education programs throughout the state of New York.
Early in my career, I taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten the New York City public schools. Questions from parents inspired me to write a monthly column, “Education by Degrees” for Essence Magazine, and my book Education Handbook for Black Families published by Anchor Press/Doubleday. When it was published in 1980, the American Library Association said it was chock full of information for any parent black or white.
I care about advancing literacy and enjoy writing children’s books, and have had many published by Houghton Mifflin and Educators Publishing Service.
Writing is my passion, and besides this blog, I still write both children’s books and literary fiction.