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Elizabeth Erwin

Professor, Teaching and Learning

University Hall 3163
BS, Syracuse University
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
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Dr. Elizabeth Erwin is Professor at Montclair State University where she prepares current and future teachers to think critically, reflect deeply and teach inclusively. In the past 25 years, the commitment to educational equity in early childhood has been at the heart of her teaching, advocacy, and research. Within the primary theme of challenging injustice (with a particular emphasis on disability), Dr. Erwin's scholarship has focused on multiple strands exploring early childhood and inclusive education, the power of presence, mindfulness and well-being, family-professional partnerships, sense of belonging in early childhood, and self-determination. In pursuit of social action - locally and globally - Dr. Erwin has published widely in prestigious academic journals, and has authored multiple books and chapters. Her forthcoming book on mindfulness in early childhood education is due out in Fall 2020. She has accepted invitations to teach about inclusive early childhood worldwide (i.e., Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Slovakia, Ukraine), and has engaged in educational inquiry and projects with universities around the world. Elizabeth currently lives in New York City where she practices yoga and meditation every day.


- Early childhood education
- Inclusive teaching and reflective inquiry
- Well-being and contemplative/mindfulness practices in education
- Family-professional partnerships
- Self-determination and young children with disabilities
- International partnerships and projects to support inclusive education



Research Projects

Bali Immersion: In-Depth Study Group: Deepening a Reflective Practice within the Ancient an Magical Lands of Bali

Travel to Bali for this 10-day extraordinary group retreat Spring 2020
Facilitator: Elizabeth Joy Erwin

"Breath in Blue Skies": A Deeper Inquiry into Mindfulness and Early Childhood Education

Online Summit on Preschool Mindfulness
Access at no cost this online week-long summit when it is live February 3rd-7th, 2020. To register for this live event at no cost or if you prefer to watch it afterwards and purchase an All Access Pass, go to:
Presenter: Elizabeth Joy Erwin

Forthcoming book on mindfulness in early childhood education

Due to be published in Fall 2020
Author: Elizabeth Joy Erwin