Jie-Qi Chen: Bio
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Jie-Qi (Jackie) Chen is a professor of early education at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, a graduate school in child development. She also serves as Erikson’s Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.
Jie-Qi considers herself first and foremost a teacher. She started teaching first graders in a remote Chinese village school after finishing high school. She has since taught toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, elementary students in China and in the United States. For the last 23 years, she has worked as a pre-service and in-service teacher educator.
Jie-Qi’s content expertise focuses on early mathematics, teacher development, classroom assessment, and school change. She founded Erikson Institute’s Early Math Collaborative, a program designed to transform the understanding, teaching, and learning of early mathematics from the ground up.
Growing up in China, Jie-Qi is rooted in Confucian values of family and harmony. She studied with Howard Gardner, the originator of the multiple intelligences theory that emphasizes individual differences in human development. The integration of Eastern and Western values has informed her approach in establishing learning communities that emphasize collaboration and build on the strengths of individual members.
By serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Education and an early education advisor to UNICEF, Jie-Qi has been privileged to experience many different educational systems, values, and practices around the world. She is humbled by the complexity of teaching, learning and child development in diverse cultural, societal, historical and economic contexts.