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Anne Douglass

  • Assistant Professor, Early Education and Care
    Program Director, Bachelor’s and Post Master’s Certificate Programs in Early Education and Care, CEHD
  • Telephone: 617.287.7675
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall 2-143-02

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About Anne Douglass:

Anne Douglass is Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts at Boston where she directs the Bachelor’s degree program in Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings, and a Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice. Professor Douglass is a leader in higher education for the early childhood education workforce. Since launching the bachelor’s degree program in 2009, Douglass has grown the program from an enrollment of fifteen students to well over two hundred students currently. Most recently, she has led the development of an innovative new PhD program in early childhood education. The program is expected to launch in the near future, and will prepare the next generation of leaders and scholars in the rapidly advancing field of early education.

Her research focuses on early childhood policy implementation, professional and leadership development, the quality improvement and change process, and the role of early education and care in supporting and strengthening families and preventing abuse and neglect. She uses relational theories (relational coordination and relational bureaucracy), and positive organizational scholarship perspectives as the foundation for her research. Her current research includes a study of trauma-informed child care practices and systems in Boston, a study of informal child care providers involved with an urban school readiness initiative, and a study of early childhood educators returning to school to earn a Bachelor's degree. Her other research includes an implementation study of the Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development System and an evaluation of Boston’s Thrive in Five school readiness initiative.

Professor Douglass is active in early childhood research and policy matters both locally and nationally.  She serves on the steering committee of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium of the Administration for Children and Families at the US Department of Health and Human Services, as well as on the Leadership Team for the CDC-funded Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood collective impact project led by the MA Department of Public Health. Douglass received her PhD in social policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, her master’s degree in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College.

Courses Taught

 

ECHD 317: Ethics in Early Education and Care

ECHD 704: Leadership and Change in Early Education and Care

ECHD 101G: Young Children, Play, and Early Childhood Policy

ECHD 441: Science and Math Instruction for All Young Children

ECHD 459: Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs

 

Selected Publications

 

Douglass, Anne (2014, forthcoming).  Resilience in change: Positive perspectives on the dynamics of early education systems change. Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Douglass, Anne (2014, forthcoming). Teachers’ experiences responding to children’s sexual behaviors in early childhood programs:  Implications for professional development.  Early Childhood Research and Practice. (forthcoming August 2014).

Stone-MacDonald, Angela and Anne Douglass (2014, forthcoming). Introducing online training in an early childhood professional development system: Lessons learned in one state. Early Childhood Education Journal, 42 (5): 1-8.   

Gittell, Jody Hoffer; Douglass, Anne (2012).  Embedding reciprocal relationships into roles: the relational bureaucratic form.  Academy of Management Review, 37(4), 709-733.

Douglass, Anne; Gittell, Jody Hoffer (2012).  Transforming professionalism: relational bureaucracy and parent-teacher partnerships in child care settings.  Journal of Early Childhood Research, 10 (3), 267-281.

Jor’dan, Jamilah; Wolf, Kathy Goetz; Douglass, Anne (2012).  Strengthening families in Illinois: Increasing family engagement in early childhood programs.  Young Children. 67 (5), 18-23.

Douglass, Anne;  Klerman, Lorraine (2012). The Strengthening Families initiative and child care quality improvement:  how Strengthening Families influenced change in child care programs in one state. Early Education and Development, 23, 373-392.

Douglass, Anne (2011).  Improving family engagement: the organizational context and its influence on partnering with parents in formal child care settings. Early Childhood Research and Practice,13 (2).

Douglass, Anne (1996). Rethinking the effects of homelessness on children: resiliency and competency. Child Welfare, 75(6), 741-751.

 

Selected Grants and Sponsored Research

 

Study of Building Trauma-Informed Early Child Care Systems:                                             2013-2015

The Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model for Quality Improvement                                                       

Principal Investigator

$76,000

Sponsor: Boston Public Health Commission/U.S. Department of Justice

 

Post Masters Certificate Program Grant: Early Education Research, Policy, & Practice         2012-2015

University of MA Boston

Principal Investigator

$1,499,000

Sponsor:  MA Department of Early Education and Care/Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

 

Early Intervention Scholars Grant                                                                                           2011-2016

Co-Principal Investigator (Angi Stone-Macdonald, Principal Investigator)

$1,186,012

Sponsor: US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

 

Access to Higher Education for Early Education Professionals                                                2010-2014

University of Massachusetts Boston

Principal Investigator

Sponsor:  Action for Boston Community Development

 

The Start Young Project                                                                                                          2013-2014

A partnership with Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Lead, and Pittsburgh Action Against Rape

Project Partner, Researcher

Sponsor: Vision of Hope Fund - National Sexual Violence Resource Center/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

 

The Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development Study 2012              2012

University of Massachusetts Boston

Principal Investigator, with Alice Carter, Co-Principal Investigator

$61,000

Sponsor:  MA Department of Early Education and Care

 

Strengthening Families Illinois                                                                                     2011-2012

Program Evaluator/Principal Investigator, Strengthening Families Learning Networks

 

The Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development System Study          2010-2011

University of Massachusetts Boston

Principal Investigator

Sponsor:  Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

 

Child Care Research Scholars Dissertation Research Grant                                        2008-2009

Dissertation Scholar ($30,000)

Sponsor: United States Department of Health and Human Services 

Administration for Children and Families: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

 

Early Childhood Teachers, Children’s Sexual Behaviors, & Child Sexual Abuse Prevention   2009-2011

University of Massachusetts Boston

Sponsor:  Partially funded by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, with funds from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health                                                                

 

 

Selected Conference Presentations

 

 

Douglass, Anne (2014). Learning in context: Urban early childhood educators earning a bachelor’s

degree.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, April 3, 2014.

Douglass, Anne (2014). Lessons from an urban school readiness initiative: Including family, friend, and neighbor care providers.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, April 6, 2014.

Douglass, Anne (2014). Breakthrough series collaborative to support trauma-informed practice in early care & education.  Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California, February 20-22, 2014. 

Douglass, Anne and MacDonald, Angela Stone (2013). Listening, learning, and improving: Data-driven practice with non-traditional students in an early childhood teacher education program.  Annual Meeting of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Washington D.C., November 20, 2013.

Douglass, A., Love, Mary Lu (2013). A new professional development leadership pathway: the post master's

certificate in early education research, policy, and practice.  National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, San Francisco, June 11, 2013.

Douglass, Anne and Carter, Anne (2013). Characteristics and professional development experiences of early educators: Advancing knowledge about the workforce.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, April 30, 2013.

Douglass, Anne (2013).  Resilience in change: Positive perspectives on the dynamics of early education

systems change.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, April 30, 2013.

Douglass, Anne; Howard, Ebony; Lipscomb, Shannon (2012).   Strengthening the workforce through professional development and quality improvement systems.  Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Washington DC, October 24, 2012.

Gittell, Jody Hoffer & Douglass, Anne (2012),  Symposium Co-Chairs.  Relational leadership: New development in theory and practice.  Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA, August 6, 2012.

Douglass, Anne; Heimer, Lucinda; Hagan, Winifred (2012).  Building Together:  Implementing A New Statewide Professional Development System for Early Education and Care.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada, April 16, 2012.

Gittell, Jody Hoffer & Douglass, Anne (2012).  Relational bureaucracy:  On the boundary of relational and bureaucratic organizing.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada, April 14, 2012.

Douglass, Anne (2011).  Integrating professional development with quality rating and improvement systems – a Massachusetts case study.  Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Bethesda, MD, Nov. 15, 2011.

Douglass, Anne (2011).  Teachers' experiences with children’s sexual behaviors in early childhood programs:  a call for professional development, National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, National Association for the Education of Young Children, June 13, 2011. 

Douglass, Anne  (2011).  Daring to care: transforming the social architecture of early childhood programs in an era of accountability.  Paper presentation at the international 19th Annual Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference, London, UK.  October 26, 2011.

Douglass, Anne (2011).  Daring to care: transforming professionalism in an era of accountability.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2011. 

Douglass, Anne (2011).  Teachers’ experiences with children’s sexual behaviors in early childhood programs:  An opportunity for professional development.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA, April 2011.

Elvira, M., Leana, C., D’Aunno, T., Hoang, H., Douglass, A., Gittell, J.H., Maas, A., Rousseau, D. (2010). The occupational and organizational structure of direct care work in an international context, Professional Development Workshop, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Douglass, Anne (2010).  Managing caring: organizational context and its influence on family partnerships in formal child care settings. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado, May 2010.

Douglass, Anne (2010).  The Strengthening Families initiative and child care quality improvement: influencing change in child care programs.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, Colorado, May 2010.

Douglass, Anne (2010).  Transforming professionalism: relational bureaucracy and parent

teacher partnerships in child care centers. International Labor Process Conference 2010, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 2010.

Douglass, Anne (2009).  Strengthening Families Illinois:  how management and policy interventions influence the quality of professional-parent partnerships in child care.  Poster presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Child Care Policy Research Consortium, Washington D.C., October 2009.