A native of Ohio, Dr. Phil Wishon's professional work experience includes having taught elementary school in inner-city Columbus for three years, and preschool for a year at Ohio Wesleyan University's child development center. Phil received his doctoral degree from Ohio State University in child development and early childhood education. His professional interests include education and conscience, children and families at risk, curriculum and program development and assessment, education foundations, performance assessment, play intervention, literacy development, and Japanese-American internment. Over the years, Phil has published widely in these and related areas, including over 100 articles, monographs, book chapters, and books. Phil's contributions to professional associations include tenures as President (and prior to that, Treasurer) of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Treasurer of the Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, Consulting Editor for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Editorial Board Member for the journal Young Children. Phil currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board for School Psychology Quarterly, and Executive Editor of the Colorado Early Childhood Journal. Phil comes to James Madison University from the University of Northern Colorado where he served most recently as Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher and Professional Education.

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