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Anne Douglass

  • Associate 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

Additional Information

Learn more about Professor Anne Douglass’s leadership development work:

UMass Boston Developing early education leadership for innovation:
https://youtu.be/u6lyGYgaV54E2808B

 
UMass Boston early educators speak out on leadership: 

 

Full playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUFVjdQqDvCcX5u6VYM1L155btPkt_adN

 

Leadership Development Research Brief Series:

Leadership Brief #1
Leadership Brief #2
Leadership Brief #3
Leadership Brief #4
Leadership Brief #5

 

 

Bio

Anne Douglass, PhD, is associate professor of early care and education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she directs the Bachelor’s Degree Program in Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings, and the Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice. In 2014, she led the development of an innovative new PhD program in early childhood education and care. The program launched in 2016 and will prepare the next generation of leaders and scholars in the rapidly advancing field of early education.

Professor Douglass’s teaching and research focus on family engagement, professional development, quality improvement, and leadership. She specializes in early care and education settings including center-based and family child care and Head Start program. She studies innovative approaches to organizational change and quality improvement, and how they contribute to early educators’ capacity to apply new knowledge to improve their teaching practices and partnerships with families.  Her leadership work is dedicated to the design of programs and systems that support individual and collective leadership for improvement and innovation among early educators.

Professor Douglass’s current projects include a study of an Early Head Start Child Care Partnership in Rhode Island, and a study of the breakthrough series collaborative model for quality improvement of trauma-informed practices in urban child care centers. Her research has been published in a wide range of academic journals including Academy of Management Review, Journal of Early Childhood Research, Early Education and Development, and Educational Policy, and she presents nationally and internationally at academic, policy, and professional meetings. 

Professor Douglass brings almost 20 years of expertise as an urban early educator to this work, as a teacher, administrator, family child care provider, professional development trainer, and organizational improvement consultant. Her two decades of experience as a practitioner working directly with children, families, and teachers informs her deep respect for the expertise of early educators, and has shaped the focus of her research and teaching in higher education. She received her PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy 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 Currently Taught: 
  • ECHD 317: Ethics in Early Education and Care 
  • ECHD 704: Leadership and Change in Early Education and Care 

 

Courses Previously Taught: 

  • ECHD 201 Foundations of Early Education and Care  

  • ECHD 441 and 641 Math and Science Instruction for All Young Children 

  • ECHD 459 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs 

  • ECHD 101G First Year Seminar: Young Children, Play, and Early Childhood Policy 

 

 

Funded Research and Sponsored Projects 

Study of Trauma Informed Collaborations for Families with Young Children , 2015-2017 

Principal Investigator 

$40,000 

Sponsor: Boston Public Health Commission/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

 

Rhode Island Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Evaluation2015-2018 

Principal Investigator, with Rachel Chazan Cohen, Co-Principal Investigator 

$140,000 

Sponsor: Children’s Friend/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

 

Child Development Associate (CDA) in Haiti Project2015-2016 

Co-principal Investigator, with Barbara Lewis, Principal Investigator 

$5,000 

Sponsor:  UMass Boston Office of Global Program - International Research/Education/ Learning Initiative Seed Grants Program 

 

Native American Early Childhood Education Scholars Program Grant2014-2018 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Principal Investigator, with Angi Stone-MacDonald, Co-Principal Investigator, &Cedric Woods, Co-PI 

$1,037,390 

Sponsor:  U.S. Department of Education 

 

Study of Building Trauma-Informed Early Child Care Systems:  

The Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model for Quality Improvement2013-2015 

Principal Investigator 

$81,000  

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

 

Post Masters Certificate Program Grant: Early Education Research, Policy, & Practice2012-2016 

University of MA Boston 

Principal Investigator 

$1,543,013 

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

 

Early Intervention Scholars Gran, 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 Professionals2010-2016 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Principal Investigator 

$72,000 FY16 

$65,000 FY15  

$65,000 FY14 

$53,730 FY13 

$26,640 FY12 

$27,500 FY11 

Sponsor:  Action for Boston Community Development 

 

Thrive in Five Boston Evaluation2010-2015 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Research/Evaluation Team Member  

$520,230 awarded to the Center for Social Policy, UMass Boston 2010-2014 

 

The Start Young Project2013-2014 

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 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Principal Investigator, with Alice Carter, Co-Principal Investigator 

$61,000 

Sponsor:  MA Department of Early Education and Care 

 

Strengthening Families Illinois2011-2012 

Program Evaluator/Principal Investigator, Strengthening Families Learning Networks 

$5000 FY12 

$8800 FY11 

 

The Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development System Study2010-2011 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Principal Investigator 

$100,000 

Sponsor:  Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care 

 

Online Professional Development Projects2010-2011 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Principal Investigator and Co-PI 

$106,077 

Sponsor:  Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care 

 

Early Education and Care S.T.E.M. Professional Development Project2011 

University of Massachusetts Boston 

Principal Investigator  

$40,000 

Sponsor:  Action for Boston Community Development and Child Care Resource Center 

 

Child Care Research Scholars Dissertation Research Grant2008-2009 

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 

Principal Investigator ($7500) 

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

 

Publications  

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals 

 

Douglass, Anne; Carter, Alice; Smith, Frank; and Killins, Sherri (2015). Training together: State policy and collective participation in early educator professional development.  New England Journal of Public Policy, 27 (1), Article 5. Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol27/iss1/5 

Douglass, Anne (2015, forthcoming fall 2015). Teachers’ experiences responding to children’s sexual behaviors in early childhood programs:  Implications for professional development.  Early Childhood Research and Practice. 

Douglass, Anne (2014).  Resilience in change: Positive perspectives on the dynamics of change in early education systems.  Journal of Early Childhood Research. doi:10.1177/1476718X14555704. 

 

Stone-MacDonald, Angela and Anne Douglass (2014).  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’danJamilah; 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). 

 

Abbate-Vaughn, J., Paugh, P., Douglass, A. (2011). Sound bites won't prepare the next generation:  Early childhood teacher education policy public private divide in Massachusetts. Educational Policy, 25(1), 215-239 

 

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

 

Books 

 

Stone-MacDonald, Angela; Wendell, Kristen; Douglass, Anne; Love, Mary Lu (2015). Engaging young engineers: Teaching problem-solving skills through STEM. Baltimore: Brookes Publishing Company. 

 

 

Other Scholarly Publications 

 

Halle, T., Paulsell, D., Daily, S., Douglass, A., Moodie, S., & Metz, A. (2015 forthcoming). Implementing parenting interventions in early care and education settings: A guidebook for implementation (OPRE 2015-xx). Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   

 

Douglass, Anne (forthcoming, 2016). Trauma and young children. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

 

Douglass, Anne (forthcoming, 2016). Early childhood education. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

 

Douglass, Anne (forthcoming, 2016). Family Engagement models. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

 

Douglass, A. (2015) Review of the book: Quality Rating and Improvement System for Early Care and Education: Development, Implementation, Evaluation and Learning, Teachers College Record, http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18020. 

 

Douglass, A., Benson, S., Hodges-Hunter, D., Wiles, D., Stardrum, R. (2015). Successful Inclusion of Family Child Care Providers in Higher Education Degree Programs and Courses: A Research-to-Practice Guide, [Retrieved from https://earlyeducatorcentral.acf.hhs.gov/teaching-supports]. 

 

Douglass, Anne (2011). Prevention and Resources.  In The Viewers Guide for Family Affair:  A Film by Chico Colvard, p. 39-43. USA: C-Line Films. WWW.C-LINEFILMS.COM 

 

 

Research Reports and Program Evaluation  

 

Taj, Kira and Douglass, Anne (2015).  Eating to Learn: Increasing Child and Adult Care Food Program  

Participation in Massachusetts Early Education and Care Settings.  Boston MA: The Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children. http://www.btwic.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/ETL_FINAL_interactive_noQs.pdf 

 

Friedman, Donna; Coonan, Mary; Douglass, Anne; Gutierrez, Oscar; Carter, Alice (2013). Boston Children Thrive In 5: Connecting Families, Building Community Year 2 – Evaluation Brief. Submitted to Thrive in Five, Boston, June 2013. 

 

Douglass, Anne (2012). The Post Master’s Certificate Program in Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice at the University of Massachusetts Boston: A Model for Advancing Leadership in the Field. Report submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, August 2012. 

 

Douglass, Anne; Carter, Alice; Smith,FrankNitharshanBalaji (July 2012).  The Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development Study 2012 Research Report. Submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, July 2012. 

 

Douglass, Anne, Heimer, Lucinda., HaganWinifred (2011). The Massachusetts Early Education and Care Professional Development System Study Year 1 Research Report. Boston, MA: Research Report Submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. http://www.mass.gov/edu/docs/eec/workforce-and-professional-development/resources-for-professional-development/20110827-umass-pds-rpt.pdf 

 

Friedman, Donna Haig; Coonan, Mary; Douglass, Anne; Gutierrez, Oscar; Carter, Alice (September 2011).  Boston Children Thrive in 5: Connecting Families, Building Community Year 1 Evaluation Report.  Center for Social Policy: University of Massachusetts Boston. 

 

Douglass, Anne (2009).  Early Care And Education Partnerships That Keep Families Safe: How Strengthening Families Illinois Influenced Change: A Research Brief.  Chicago: Strengthening Families Illinois. 

 

Stone-Macdonald, Angi, Bartolini, Vicky, Douglass, Anne, Love, Mary Lu (2011). Focusing a New Lens: STEM Professional Development for Early Education and Care Educators and Programs. Retrieved from http://www.communityinclusion.org/ecs/stem/.   

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations  

 

Douglass, Anne and Halle, Tamara (2015). A how-to guide for implementing parenting programs in the United States. Global Implementation Conference, Dublin, Ireland, May 28, 2015. 

 

Douglass, Anne and Maroney, Meredith (2015).  Parent leadership in an urban school readiness initiative: A case study.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 19, 2015. 

 

Douglass, Anne and Chickerella, Rachel (2015). Improving trauma informed practice in ECE: the breakthrough series collaborative methodology for quality improvement.  Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, April 19, 2015. 

 

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.