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Dr. Sandra Duncan

With over 45 years of experience and a doctorate in education, Dr. Sandra Duncan has a wide and varied background at the national and international level in early child care and education. She has extensive experience in working with young children and parents, teaching at the university level (doctorate students and early childhood students), designing and writing professional development programs for practitioners, creating a new line of preschool furniture called Sense of Place, and authoring several teacher resource books including her latest effort with Jody Martin and Sally Haughey, Through a Child’s Eyes: How Classroom Design Inspires Learning and Wonder.

Nature in Classrooms

Nature—with its infinite and boundless glory—is a kaleidoscope filled with wonder. Like a kaleidoscope, nature changes from moment to moment, revealing intricate patterns, dazzling colors, and magnificent feasts to our eyes. Yet, for many of us, nature is often thought of as something to enjoy and discover in the outside world and minimal attention is given to bringing the outside into the classroom. Learn how to bring the beautiful kaleidoscope of nature into your classroom to ignite and inspire children’s wonder.

Sense of Place

With its modern aesthetics, many authentic and real-life details, and considerations for what the youngest of children need to thrive best in their first learning environments, the Sense of Place furniture collection provides educators a beautiful backdrop to creating the most meaningful and lasting of learning experiences in early education classrooms for years to come.

Heart-centered Environmental Design

Sandra Duncan and the president of Guidecraft, Gary Bilezikian, were honored to collaborate and contribute to the 250th issue of Exchange Magazine, where they shared their views on the importance of empathic and heart-centered design of early childhood environments.