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Christina M. Mirtes

Assistant Professor

John W. Porter Building, 314C

734.487.3260

cmirtes@emich.edu

http://drchristinamirtes.weebly.com/

@ChristinaMirtes

Education

  • Ph.D. - The University of Toledo, Curriculum & Instruction 
  • M.Ed. - The University of Toledo, Early Childhood Education
  • B.Ed. - The University of  Toledo, Elementary & Early Childhood Education
  • AMS Montessori Certification - A.D.M.T.E.I., Pre-Primary Credential
Christina Mirtes

Professional Summary

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Mirtes' research interests are in the areas of: early literacy and contemporary play behaviors during the formative years with particular focus on discourse and best practice with the use of technology among preschool children.

Prior to her appointment at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Mirtes has gained expertise in the field with over
 20 years of teaching experience in inclusive early childhood classroom settings, served as an early childhood classroom consultant and has 15 years in higher education to share with our early childhood education students. Dr. Mirtes instructs in our undergraduate and graduate programs via face to face and hybrid instructional delivery platforms. She is currently serving as the faculty advisor for EMU-AEYC (Association for the Education of Young Children) early childhood education student organization.

Selected Scholarly Work and Awards include:
Currently serving on various Michigan Department of Education ECE committees to include:
  • Co-Chair & Lead Researcher for MDE Teacher Certification - Early Childhood Endorsement Review and Revision Committee
  • Michigan Department of Education Curriculum Review Committee - Great Start Readiness Program

Selected Publications

Mirtes, C. M. Concepts to Go! Early Literacy Supporting Intentional Learning Experiences in Early Childhood Settings©.[Kindle Edition]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Concepts-Supporting-Intentional-Experiences-Childhood-ebook/dp/B07XSJHQRC/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1569425627&refinements=p_n_date:1249100011&s=digital-text&sr=1-1 

Mirtes, C. M. (2019, August 19).  Getting Kids into the Back to School Routine (A. Smith, Interviewer).  WXYZ - Detroit, Michigan. 

Kassaday, C., Kottke, S., Paciorek, K. & Mirtes, C. (2019, May 31) Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Lower Elementary (PK-3) and Upper Elementary (3-6) Education: Professional Standards, Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved from https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Webinar_Elem_Stds_Professional_656878_7.pdf

Mirtes, C. M. (2019, May 30). How to Forge Pioneer Fun with Kids. (C. Charleton, Interviewer). Metro Parent for Southeast Michigan. 

Mirtes, C. M. (2019, January 17). Are Playdates Necessary? Child Development Expert Weighs In. (J. Schrader, Interviewer). Metro
Parent for Southeast Michigan. 

Mirtes, C. M. (2017, October 1). Understanding Assistive Technology in Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education Environments. Michigan Division of Early Childhood, 1, 2. 

Mirtes, C. M. (2014, December 14). Contemporary Play: An Analysis of Preschool Discourse During Play Situations While Engaged Using Technology and While Using Traditional Play Materials©. Retrieved from https://etd.ohiolink.edu/

Selected Presentations

International Presentations:

Mirtes, C. M.  (2017, April). Contemporary Play in Early Childhood: Revisiting Best Practice while using Technology Among Preschoolers.  Presentation at the High Scope International Conference, Detroit, MI.

Mirtes, C. M.  (2016, April). Contemporary Play: Preschool Language During Play with Technology and Implications for Best Practice. Presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)­ Global Summit on Childhood themed Creating a Better World for Children and Youth Through Sustainability, Social Innovation & Synergy. San Jose, Costa Rica.


National Presentations:

Mirtes, C. M. (2019, November). Concepts to Go!: Extending Early Literacy Practice to Early Childhood Settings. Presentation at the (NAEYC) National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual conference, Nashville, TN.

Kassaday, C., Kottke, S., Paciorek, K. & Mirtes, C. (2019, May 31) Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Teachers of Lower Elementary (PK-3) and Upper Elementary (3-6) Education: Professional Standards [Webinar]. Michigan Department of Education.

Mirtes, C. M. (2017, November). Intentionality: Maintaining Best Practice while Incorporating Technology in Play-based Preschool Environments. Presentation at (NAEYC) National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, Atlanta, GA.

Mirtes, C. M. (2015, June). Contemporary Play Behaviors: An Analysis of Preschool Discourse Among Preschool Children During Play Situations while using Technology and while using Traditional Play Materials – Informing Practice with Implications for Early Childhood Education Professionals. NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, New Orleans, LA.


State Presentations:

Mirtes, C. M. (2019, April). Concepts to Go! Extending Early Literacy Practice to the Home.   Presentation at MiAEYC Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Mirtes, C. M. (2018, April).
Concepts to Go! Literacy Bags Supporting Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas.  MiAEYC Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Mirtes, C. M. (2018, February). Concepts to Go! Literacy Prop Bags supporting STEAM. Michigan 4C Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. 

Mirtes, C. M. (2017, April). Contemporary Play in Early Childhood: Revisiting Best Practice. MiAEYC Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Mirtes, C. M. (2017, February).  Evaluating Professionalism: Raising the Bar on Appearance, Attitudes and Behaviors. MiAEYC Professional Development Institute, Dearborn, MI.

Regional  Presentations


Mirtes, C. M
. (2019, October). “Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood Settings”. Washtenaw County School Age Child Care Association, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor, MI. 

Mirtes, C. M. (2019, March). “Concepts to Go! Extending Early Literacy Practice to the Home”. Presentation at Faculty Showcase for Scholarly and Creative Activity, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. 

Mirtes, C. M., Prince, M. M. (2019, February). “Concepts to Go!”. Connect 2019  Eastern Michigan University Faculty Development Conference, Ypsilanti, MI. 

Mirtes, C. M. (2017, December). “Concepts to Go!”: Literacy Bags Supporting Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas for PK-3 Pre-service Teachers, Funded grant by Women in Philanthropy at Eastern Michigan University.

Mirtes, C. M. (2017, April). Appropriate Expectations for Young Children: What They Are (And Are Not!) Capable. A presentation to Somerset Academy early childhood professionals, Troy, MI.  

Mirtes, C. M. (2015, August). Contemporary Play:An Analysis of Preschool Discourse Among Preschool Children During Play Situations While Using Technology and While Using Traditional Play Materials. Presentation to Adrian College as a Faculty Research Grant Recipient, Adrian, MI.

Mirtes, C. M. (2013, April). Contemporary Play: Supporting Social Competencies in Early Childhood.  Exploring societal changes in play and possible implications of increased time of play using technology resulting in decreased  time engaged in social interactions experienced during didactic play in early childhood. The University of Toledo Research Colloquium, Toledo, OH.

Courses

Undergraduate:
ECE 214 - The Developing Child Birth - Age Eight
ECE 215 - The Developing Early Childhood Professional
ECE 342 - Intentional Teaching in the Content Areas 
ECE 451 - Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 
EDPS 325 - Human Growth and Development

Graduate:
ECE 551 - Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms 
ECE 610 - Family, School and Community Partners in Early Childhood Education
ECE 689 - Internship and Colloquium in Early Childhood Education


 

Research

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Montessori Society

  • Association for Childhood Education International

  • Council for Exceptional Children – Division of Early Childhood

  • ECEC in Europe - Special Interest Forum in Early Childhood Education

  • Experienced Early Childhood Consultants

  • International Literacy Association

  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society

  • Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • STEM Education Coalition

Licensures and Certifications

  • State of Ohio teaching certificate at the Professional Level (K-8)

  • Montessori Teaching Credential (3-6 year old)

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