Director, Early Childhood Learning Lab
Clinical Associate Professor
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 Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. 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.
Selected University Service
- Director, Early Childhood Learning Laboratory
- Coordinator, Early Childhood Education Program
- Representative, School of Education University Council
Ph.D. University of Southern California
MLS Simmons College
B.A. St. Lawrence University
SED EC350 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
SED EC405 Preschool Curriculum and Fieldwork
SED EC611 Preschool Curriculum and Fieldwork
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.