Contact Information
Phone:  617-353-3410
E-mail:  jlannak@bu.edu

Educational History

  • Ph.D. University of Southern California
  • MLS Simmons College
  • B.A. St. Lawrence University

Profile

Dr. Lannak’s principal interest is in the application of child development theory and research to educational practice in schools and childcare settings. She has developed education and training programs for teachers and administrators and has spoken extensively to parent groups and professional organizations both nationally and internationally on such topics as learning environments, quality childcare, and children’s literature. Dr. Lannak is also the director of the Early Childhood Learning Lab at the School of Education. The facility includes a preschool, a curriculum design center, and a research observation room. Dr. Lannak has served on the boards of the Association for Young Children, Europe and The National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has also served as the Academic Coordinator of Boston University’s Early Childhood Education Programs Overseas.

Courses Taught

  • SED EC350  Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • SED EC405  Preschool Curriculum and Fieldwork
  • SED EC611  Preschool Curriculum and Fieldwork

Selected Presentations

  • Presentation made to American educators in Heidelberg, Germany, addressing the importance of establishing a sense of community in early childhood education programs. Association for the Education of Young Children, Europe.
  • Presentation made at the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s national conference in Washington, D.C. This session provided the attendees with an introduction to a specific approach to curriculum for young children based on the inquiry method developed at the Early Childhood Learning Lab at Boston University’s School of Education.
  • “Child Development and Play.” Horizons Initiative: Helping Hands for Homeless Children.

Selected University Service

  • Director, Early Childhood Learning Laboratory
  • Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Program
  • Representative, School of Education University Council

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.