NEWTOWN BOROUGH >> Temple Professor and Newtown Quaker Meeting member, Annemarie Hindman will speak on “Mysticism, Skepticism, Quakerism” to the Newtown Meeting Adult Class at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 22, at the historic Quaker Meetinghouse, 219 Court Street. Meeting for Worship in the manner of Friends will follow at 11 a.m. The public is invited.
Annemarie will talk about how she came to the Quaker faith when she was about 21 and some of the more important things she learned based on her experiences and development over the last 20 years. “I have found the Social Gospel movement, the writings of Rufus Jones (former Quaker professor and author at Haverford College), and the gospel of Matthew to be really resonant.”
Dr. Hindman is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Early Childhood Education at Temple University and coordinates the Early and Elementary Teacher Education program (PreK-4th grade certification) at Temple.
Hindman studies how young children build foundational skills, including language, literacy, and social competence, throughout the first years of life and the transition to formal schooling. Much of her work focuses on communities in poverty, including participants in Head Start programs.
Hindman says her work is characterized by three strands: 1) supporting practicing teachers in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade as they teach children about vocabulary and other language skills, 2) helping teachers and families forge meaningful connections that bridge the home-school gap and provide aligned, individualized learning experiences for young children; and 3) using large-scale datasets such as the Family and Child Experiences Survey, and the Head Start Impact Study to understand the nature, variability, and predictors of early learning and development among young children growing up in poverty in the United States.
Annemarie Hindman earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, and a master’s degree in developmental psychology and a Ph.D. in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. She lives in Yardley with her husband, Russ, their daughter, Meredith, and rescue dog, Chewbacca
Newtown Friends Meeting, is open to the public, with Sunday School classes for children and adults at 9:45 a.m. and worship based on expectant silence “after the manner of Friends” at 11 a.m. Childcare is provided.