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Early Childhood Faculty To Speak At Excel By 5 Program

by UM School of Education on October 2, 2017

Jessica Essary (left) and Burhanettin Keskin (right)

SOE faculty members Jessica Essary and Burhanettin Keskin are scheduled to speak at an Excel by 5 Training Day on Saturday, Nov. 4 at First Baptist Church in Oxford.

Registration for the event ends today (Thursday, Nov. 2). To register call Tricia DeFelice 662-236-4265.

The event, which lasts from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is free and open to all early childhood educators, directors and administrators. Certificates will be given to participants and snacks and drinks will be provided.

“The topic of my training focuses on providing behavior guidance,” said Essary, an assistant professor of early childhood education. “Teachers want solutions and practical things they can do in the classroom. My session really connects the theory and practice and provides solutions they can use the next time they are in the classroom. It’s important for teachers to feel empowered in the classroom and I hope my training will help them with that.”

Excel By 5 is a program created to give educators and caregivers resources for children to be on track for kindergarten by age five and support positive development in the most formative years of children’s lives.

Initially funded by a grant from Chevron, Excel By 5 helps more than 38 communities in Mississippi to provide parent training, community participation, childcare and health education to communities to provide optimal environments and opportunities for young children.

“I will be talking about how children acquire language,” Keskin, an associate professor of early childhood education, said. “Most people believe children acquire language completely through copying adults, which is not true. I will be talking about how they really do and techniques for caregivers to use to help them form language the best way.”

Kerry Holmes, a retired School of Education professor, will also give a presentation about early childhood literacy.

To learn more about Excel By 5 visit

By Kathleen Murphy