Biography

 

Jim Walther, Dr. Morrison and Mary Jane Morrison, and Mike Leathers - Lay Man of the Year 2007

Jim Walther, Dr. Morrison and Mary Jane Morrison, and Mike Leathers - Lay Man of the Year 2007

Dr. Morrison directs the Success For Life Programs and promotes the program's vision of helping children succeed in school and life. He teaches child development and early childhood classes to undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Morrison’s accomplishments include a Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Outstanding Service and teaching Awards from Florida International University. His books include Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition; Teaching in America, 4th Edition; Education and Development of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers; The World of Child Development; The Contemporary Curriculum; and Parent Involvement in the Home, School and Community.

Dr. Morrison is a popular author, speaker and presenter. He writes an ongoing column for the Public School Montessorian and contributes his opinions and ideas to a wide range of publications. His speaking engagements and presentations focus on the future of early childhood education , changing roles of  early childhood teachers, the influence of contemporary educational reforms, research and legislation on teaching and learning.

Dr. Morrison’s professional and research interests include integrating best practices into faith-based programs; developing programs for young children and their families with an emphasis on early literacy; and influences of families on children’s development. He is also actively involved in providing technical assistance about graduate and undergraduate teacher education programs and early childhood practices to government agencies, university faculty, and private and public agencies in Thailand, Taiwan, and China.