Child-centered Education in a Public School Setting – Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin

In this episode, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin talks about her experience as an early childhood teacher at Mission Hill School in the Boston Public Schools. She unpacks what “child-centered” means, and the importance of play and imagination in the learning process. She also discusses the importance of open-ended materials as a learning tool and how teachers follow a child’s curiosity.

Geralyn Bywater Mclaughlin


Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin is one of the founders of D.E.Y. (Defending the Early Years) whose mission is to “support the rights and needs of young children.” To learn more about the work D.E.Y. does, check out their website:

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