Instructor: Kristen Votava

Kristen Votava

Dr. Votava serves as Teaching & Learning Early Childhood Education Director in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of North Dakota. Her primary areas of interest include early intervention policy, family assessment, transdisciplinary practices, collaboration, ACEs, emotional literacy, and trauma and resilience. She is also licensed by the North Dakota State Board of Examiners to practice speech-language pathology. Dr. Votava received her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Hearing Services from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota, her master's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of North Dakota, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Teacher Education from the University of North Dakota.

Classes by this instructor

T&L 2900: ONL: Adverse Childhood Experiences
This course will review the ACE Study, the largest study investigating the health and social effects of negative childhood experiences.
January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2023
T&L 2900: ONL: Emotional Resilience in Educators
This course explores habits and dispositions educators need to build resilience in their professional work. The course will consider how educators work through challenging situations to build their emotional resilience.
January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2023
T&L 2900: ONL: Effective Teaming for Educators
This course explores strategies for teaming in education. Participants will consider strategies to effectively lead teams with a clear purpose while exploring adult learning approaches, emotional intelligence, communication, and navigating conflict in teams.
January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2023
T&L 2900: ONL: Poverty and the Brain
This course is designed to introduce you to the latest research on poverty and how it affects students' cognitive development and academic performance.
January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2023
T&L 2900: ONL: Pyramid Model for Promoting Social-Emotional Competence in Preschool
This course explores the Pyramid Model and its strategies to provide early educators with guidance on the research-based practices used to promote social-emotional competence of all children, prevent social-emotional delays in children who are at risk for emotional and behavioral issues, and intervene effectively.
January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2023
T&L 2900: ONL: Promoting Social Emotional Development in Young Children
This course explores strategies and meaningful family-practitioner partnerships to support early social-emotional development through a review of environmental influences, guiding principles, supportive strategies, effective family-provider communication, and sustaining social-emotional development.
January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2023
This course is a study of the child's growth and development from birth to 36 months. It will give the student a basis for understanding normal developmental needs of children and means of meeting them in the children's home and community environments.
April 1, 2021 to April 1, 2023
The course is an exploration of home school relations. The content will include history, parental involvement in schools, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, parent programs, and resources for parents.
January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2023
This course explores the role of play in cognitive, physical and social-emotional development, and the way in which play is incorporated into educational and other programmatic settings.
August 1, 2021 to August 1, 2023
A course appropriate for anyone working with families, early childhood educators, general educators, special educators, related service personnel, administrators and outside agency personnel.
July 1, 2021 to July 1, 2023