T/TAS Staff Directory and Bios
- Early Childhood Consultant
Michael Gramling, Special Consultant to T/TAS, and lifelong social justice advocate, found his professional home in 1979 when he discovered Head Start and embraced its values and its goals – particularly those of enhancing the dignity of families living in poverty and of supporting parents as the primary educators of their children. The body of work he has produced since then reflects his values, his academic training (M.A. in Human Development, Pacific Oaks College) and his real life experiences as Head Start parent, teacher, and manager. Michael criss-crosses the country, working with professionals in the field to develop approaches more responsive to the individual needs of children – especially those of children who fail to thrive in typical early childhood environments – and more targeted in their support of parents and their decisive role in the success of their children. Michael is the primary author of the national 2003 Head Start Family Literacy Project training as well as the T/TAS publications Positive Approaches to Supervision, and Positive Guidance: Making A Place for Everyone. Most recently, he was honored to be a contributing author to the 2006 Zero to Three publication Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years. Michael is also the author of The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education: What We Know vs What We Do, published by Red Leaf Press.