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About Ann

Ann Gadzikowski is an author and educator with a passion for challenging children to think creatively and critically. Her book Robotics for Young Children won a Midwest Book Award and her book Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood won gold in the National Parenting Publications Awards. A graduate of the Erikson Institute, Ann has decades of experience as a teacher and director of educational programs. She is the author of curriculum books, teaching guides, classroom readers, and numerous publications for parents of young children.

In her current role as Executive Director of Curriculum at Encyclopædia Britannica, Ann leads the development of new content for Pre-K through Grade 12. Ann is a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association for Gifted Children. Ann teaches early childhood education courses at Oakton Community College and she frequently provides training and consultation for schools and organizations.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • STEM Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Children and Technology
  • Robotics for Children
  • Tinkering and Making
  • Block Play
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Thinking
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Children’s Literature
  • Story Dictation
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Creativity
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Program Management
  • Teacher Orientation
  • Reflective Supervision
  • Parent Engagement


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