By Robin Cotton
The Simms/Mann Institute, California Community Colleges and the California State University recently announced the 2015 Simms/Mann Faculty Fellowship recipients.
COD’s Donna Greene, associate professor, Early Childhood Education, was one of six community college faculty members to receive the award. The remaining seven are from California State Universities. Greene stated, “I am thrilled and honored to be part of such an important program. I am looking forward to working with colleagues across the state as we bring cutting edge research into practice and influence the lives of children and families throughout California for the better.”
The year-long faculty fellowship will allow Greene to learn about the latest neuroscience research on early child development. The focus will be on the critical ages of 0 to 3, which will be applied to the design of child care and psychology coursework at COD ensuring future care providers will be knowledgeable about early child development.
“We are extremely proud to have Donna Greene selected as a faculty fellow for the Simms Mann Institute,” stated Dean, School of Health Sciences and Education, Leslie Young. “I have every confidence that she will represent College of the Desert extremely well and that it will be a fantastic experience for her.”
Greene was honored at the Simms/Mann Think Tank in Beverly Hills in early November. She was able to interact with internationally recognized neuroscientists and researchers, as well as peers and other leaders in the field at the Think Tank.
The Simms/Mann Institute for Education and Community Development was established in 2011 to address the complex issues facing families today. Technological advances, rapid globalization, and unpredictable economic conditions have fostered a competitive, over-stimulating, and stressful environment that threatens the healthy development of children and families in our communities. The Institute is unique in its philanthropic efforts by being positioned at the nexus of authentic, real-world solutions. For additional information go to: www.simmsmanninstitute.org.