Meagan Shedd

Meagan Shedd
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies
Phone: (603) 535-2378
E-mail: mkshedd@plymouth.edu

Profile

Meagan K. Shedd is an assistant professor in the Early Childhood Studies Department at Plymouth State University. Dr. Shedd received her Doctoral degree from Michigan State University in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology with a Specialization in Language and Literacy. She teaches undergraduate courses in child development, including language and literacy and special topics as well as graduate courses in research design, and collaborates with the Center for Children and Families at Plymouth State University. Her teaching interests include school readiness, particularly the intersection of language and literacy with physical health and wellness.

Her research interests include the development in young children and how it can be supported in early childhood education environments and preservice teacher preparation, particularly literacy development. She has authored several publications, including multiple professional development and resource guides, speaks widely about language and literacy development in early childhood education, and is a member of several literacy-based and early childhood organizations.

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MS, Michigan State University
  • BS, Michigan State University
Research Interests
  • Relationship of early childhood educators’ perceptions of themselves as literacy educators, literacy content knowledge, pedagogical literacy content knowledge, and classroom literacy skills
  • Genre diversification framework and its influence on vocabulary development and comprehension skills in young children
  • Nutrition, physical activity, health in the early childhood education environment as an aspect of school readiness
Recent Publications
  • Gerde, H. K., Duke, N. K., Moses, A. M., Spybrook, J., & Shedd, M. K. (under review). How much for whom? Lessons from an efficacy study of modest professional development for child care providers. Under review (6-4-12) at Early Education and Development.
  • Roberts, K., Norman, R., Shedd, M. (accepted). The Common Core Standards on Technology: A *SHIFT* in Focus for States. The New England Reading Association Journal, 48(1).
  • Shedd, M.K. & Murray. R. (submitted). “Yellow is a Girl’s Color”: Using Color to Explore Issues of Gender in a Preschool Classroom. Young Children.
  • Shedd, M. K., & Duke, N. K. (2008). The power of planning effective read alouds. Young Children, 63(7) 22-26.
  • Shedd, M. K. (under review). Step once upon a time dinosaurs roamed Sublime: Varying Text Across the Classroom. Under review (8-19-11) at Teaching Young Children.
Books, Book Chapters, Text Supplements, and Instructional Media
  • Shedd, M. K., & Duke, N. K. (2009). The power of planning effective read alouds. In D. Koralek (Ed.). Spotlight on teaching preschoolers. Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Koger, D., Shedd, M. K., & Chambers, L. (2006). Parenting the preschooler: Tips for building strong families. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2005). Pyramids between the pages for the young child. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
  • Shedd, M. K., Soderman, A., Koger, D., Henry, S., Gipson-Tansil, L., & Tomber, B. (2004). Early literacy: A lullaby of sounds and words. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
  • Internal and Contracted Publications and Reports
  • Shedd, M. K. (September 2011). Michigan Reads! Professional development and resource guide. Lansing, MI: State Library of Michigan Foundation.
  • Shedd, M. K. (September 2010). Michigan Reads! Professional development and resource guide. Lansing, MI: State Library of Michigan Foundation.
  • Koger, D., & Shedd, M. K. (2005). Effect of a parent education brochure on parent behaviors related to emergent literacy development. March 2005 evaluation report. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2005). Helping preschoolers develop early reading skills. Family and Consumer Sciences Quarterly Media Packet (July-September, 2005). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Board of Trustees.
  • Shedd, M. K. & Hillaker, B. (2004). Play and early learning. Better Kid Care 36-hour training curriculum. East Lansing, MI: Board of Trustees.
  • Shedd, M. K. & McNair, F. (2004). Nutrition. Better Kid Care Better Kid Care 36-hour training curriculum. East Lansing, MI: Board of Trustees.
Recent Presentations
  • Shedd, M.K. (2012, April). Pandora’s lunchbox: Opening up food communications with families. Presentation at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Plymouth, NH.
  • Roberts, K. L., Norman, R., & Shedd, M.K. (2011, November). The Common Core Standards on technology: A *shift* in focus for states. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association. Jacksonville, FL.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2011, November). Lean on me: Assessing and evaluating your classroom literacy practices with a little help from your friends. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando, FL.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2011, October). Step once upon a time dinosaurs roamed sublime: The genre diet for improved vocabulary and comprehension skills. Presentation at the Early Learning New Hampshire Conference, Manchester, NH.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2011, May). Early childhood educators’ classroom literacy practices: An examination of relationships. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the New England Education Research Organization, New Bedford, MA.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2010, January). Phonowhat? Phonological awareness: Facilitating a construct for future literacy success. Presentation at the Michigan Collaborative Early Childhood Conference, Dearborn, MI.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2009, November). Strengthening child care providers’ perception of themselves as literacy educators. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, D.C.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2009, April). The relationship of child care providers’ views of themselves as literacy educators and their literacy teaching practices: An exploratory study. Paper presented at meeting of the American Education Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2009, March). The relationship of child care providers’ views of themselves as literacy educators and their literacy teaching practices. Poster session presented at the Michigan State University Graduate Academic Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Moses, A. M., Shedd, M. K., Duke, N. K., & Sheffler, C. (2007, November) Improving early childhood educators’ knowledge about and practice of read alouds in home- and center-based settings. Presentation at the National Reading Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Koger D., & Shedd, M. K. (2005, March). The ABC’s of family literacy. Presentation at the Michigan Head Start Association Conference, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2004, April). Early Literacy: A Lullaby of Sounds and Words. Poster session presented at the Collaborative Research Conference: Integrating Scholarly Research and Funding: Advancing Knowledge, Valuing Resources and Transforming Lives, East Lansing, Michigan.
Invited Speaker
  • Shedd, M. K. (2010, February), Step once upon a time dinosaurs roamed sublime: The genre diet for improved vocabulary and comprehension skills. Presentation at the Coming Together for Children Conference, Lansing, MI.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2010, April). Creating learning environments and appreciating and valuing play in the primary grades: The value of literacy play for learning. Presentation for Student Michigan Education Association. East Lansing, Michigan.
    Shedd, M. K. (2010, March). Literacy in the classroom: implementing literacy learning here, there, and everywhere. Presentation for University of Michigan Early Childhood Educator Training, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2010, January). Literacy in the classroom: Developing literacy here, there, and everywhere. Presentation for Spartan Child Development Center, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Duke, N. K. & Shedd, M. K. (2009, May). The Promoting Emergent Literacy in Licensed Care (PELLC) projects. Presentation for the 2009 Meet Michigan Traveling Seminar, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2009, April). The foundations of literacy: The bridge from brain development to the beyond. Professional Development Seminar for the Woodlands Library Cooperative, Adrian, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. & Roberts, K. (2008, June). Facilitating excellence in the classroom through effective environments and lesson plans. Professional Development Workshop Series: Six Week Seminar for Spartan Child Development Center, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2007, April). Feeding their bodies, feeding their minds: Integrating literacy education with nutrition and physical activity. Presentation at TE 802 Literacy Symposium.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2007, August). Feeding their bodies, feeding their minds: Integrating literacy with nutrition and physical activity. Presentation at 8th Annual Northwest Michigan Early Childhood Conference, Mancelona, Michigan.
  • Roberts, K., & Shedd, M. K. (2007, April). Putting early Reading First: Supporting literacy development in the early childhood education setting. NMHSA Kalkaska Children Acquiring Reading Essential Skills (CARES) Early Reading First Professional Development Meeting, Kalkaska, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2006, October). Here, there and everywhere! Everyday ideas for literacy development. Presentation for Family Involvement Team at Mount Hope Elementary School. Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2006, October). Laying a foundation of literacy in the early years. Presentation at the Ingham Intermediate School District Early Childhood Literacy Conference, Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2006, August). The ABC’s of early literacy—Working with childcare providers to develop literacy skills in young children. Presentation at the Michigan Better Kid Care Annual Retreat, Midland, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2006, August). The ABC’s of family literacy—Supporting efforts at home through successful preschool/parent Collaborations. Presentation for the Peoples Church Preschool, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2005, April). Project development and evaluation methodology: A parent education brochure for emergent literacy skill development. Presentation for College of Human Ecology FCE 897 Infant Programs and Practices, East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Shedd, M. K. (2004, April). Smart eating for young children. Presentation for Spartan Child Development Center, East Lansing, Michigan.
Awards and Distinctions
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, Michigan State University, 2010
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2009
  • Travel Fellowship, Literacy Achievement Research Center, Michigan State University, 2009
  • Travel Fellowship, Department of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2009
  • Travel Fellowship, Department of Counseling, Education Psychology, and Special Education, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2009
  • Robert Craig Fellowship in Psychological Studies in Education, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2008-2009
  • Summer Research Fellowship, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2008
  • Practicum Fellowship, Department of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2007
  • Fellowship, Department of Counseling, Education Psychology, and Special Education, College of Education, Michigan State University, 2006-2007
  • Kappa Omicron Nu, Omicron Alpha Chapter, Michigan State University
Associations, Boards, and Committees
  • New England Reading Association (NERA), member
  • National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), member
  • Eco-Learning Garden Project, member
  • Council Advisory member, Council for Children and Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions, member
  • New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children (NHAEYC), member
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA), member
  • International Reading Association (IRA), member
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), member
Courses Taught
  • ED 5030 Research Design
  • RL 2500 Language and Literacy Development in Young Children
  • RL 3500 Reading, Writing, and Language Arts in the Primary Grades
  • ER 2000 Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession
  • ER 2200 Constructivist Approach to Early Childhood Education
  • ER 3400 The Project Approach
  • ER 4600 Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Young Child

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