School of Education Curriculum and Instruction

Gera Jacobs

Gera Jacobs
Professor
Curriculum and Instruction: Elementary Education, School of Education
UED Delzell Education Center 115D
Phone: 605-677-5822
Bio:
Dr. Jacobs is an author and professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She is the President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Teaching Interests:
Early Childhood, Early Literacy, Helping students meet standards in developmentally appropriate ways
Research Interests:
Meeting Standards in Developmentally Appropriate Ways, Public PreK
Education:
  • EDD, Curriculum & Instruction/Early Childhood, University of South Dakota, 1993
  • MA, Early Childhood Special Education, University of South Dakota, 1991
  • BA, Elementary Education, University of Dayton, 1973
Grants:
  • Visiting Schools in Australia and New Zealand, USD Center for Teaching and Learning, (2010 - 2010)
Publications:
  • Bosse, S., Jacobs, G., (2013), "Science in the Air" , NAEYC.
  • Bosse, S., Jacobs, G., Anderson, T. L., , , (2013), "Science in the Air", NAEYC.
  • Jacobs, G., (2013), From Our President: Bridging the Opportunity Gap, NAEYC, vol. 68, iss. 5, pp. 46-47.
  • Jacobs, G., (2013), From Our President: NAEYC Begins the Next Chapter, NAEYC, vol. 68, iss. 4, pp. 46-47.
  • Jacobs, G., (2013), From Our President: Seizing the Moment! Championing a Developmentally Appropriate Continuum of Learning for All Children, Young Children/NAEYC, vol. 68, iss. 3, pp. 44-45.
  • Jacobs, G., (2013), From Our President: Celebrating Jerlean Daniel, Young Children/NAEYC, vol. 68, iss. 2, pp. 52-53.
  • Jacobs, G., (2013), From Our President: Creating the Future, Young Children/NAEYC, vol. 68, iss. 1, pp. 54-55.
  • Jacobs, G., (2012), From Our President - Relationships: The Heart of Early Childhood Education, Young Children, vol. 67, iss. 5, pp. 6-7.
  • Jacobs, G., (2012), From Our President - New Beginnings, Young Children, vol. 67, iss. 4, pp. 6-7.
  • Newland, L., Gapp, S., Jacobs, G., Reisetter, M., Syed, D. C., Wu, C., , (2011), Mothers’ Beliefs and Involvement: Links with Preschool Literacy Development, The International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach .
  • Bosse, S., Jacobs, G., Anderson, T. L., , (2011), Science in the Air, Teaching Young Children, vol. 4, iss. 5, p. 4.
  • Jacobs, G., Crowley, K., (2010), Reaching Standards and Beyond in Kindergarten, Corwin Press and NAEYC, p. 200.
  • Jacobs, G., Bosse, S., , A. T., , (2009), Science in the Air, Young Children, vol. 64, iss. 9, pp. 10-15.
  • Jacobs, G., Crowley, K., , (2007), Play, Projects, and Preschool Standards, Corwin Press, p. 200.
  • Jacobs, G., (2005), Educated Answers: Kindergarten Readiness, SD Public Broadcasting Website.
  • Jacobs, G., (2004), A Classroom Investigation of the Growth of Metacognitive Awareness in Kindergarten Children Through the Writing Process, The Early Childhood Education Journal, vol. 32, iss. 1, pp. 17-23.
  • Jacobs, G., (2004), Educated Answers: Why Preschool?, SD Public Broadcasting Website.
  • Jacobs, G., (2003), Using the Project Approach in Early Childhood Teacher Preparation, ERIC Document Reproduction Service.
  • Jacobs, G., Wounded Head, J. A., Forest, S., Struck, J., Pituch, K., Jacobs, J., (2001), Forming Partnerships with Tribal Colleges to Meet Early Childhood Personnel Preparation Needs, Journal of Early Intervention, vol. 24, iss. 4, pp. 298-305.
  • Jacobs, G., (2001), Providing the Scaffold: A Model for Early Childhood/Primary Teacher Preparation, Early Childhood Education Journal, vol. 29, iss. 2, pp. 125-130.
  • Jacobs, G., (2001), Sharing Our Gifts, Young Children, vol. 56, iss. 1, pp. 77-79.
  • Jacobs, G., (2000), The Latest Brain Research: Implications for South Dakota's School Districts, Principally Speaking, vol. 11, pp. 49-51.
  • Reetz, L., Jacobs, G., (1999), Faculty Focus on Moral and Character Education, Education, vol. 120, pp. 208-212.
  • Jacobs, G., (1999), Inclusion: Celebrating Children's Successes, University of South Dakota.
  • Jacobs, G., (1999), Modeling Developmentally Appropriate Practices: Putting Our Theory into Practice, Journal of Early Education and Family Review, vol. 7, pp. 8-15.
  • Jacobs, G., (1999), The South Dakota Early Childhood Inclusion Support Manual, University of South Dakota.
  • Reetz, L., Ring, M., Jacobs, G., (1999), Twenty Ways to Question Yourself Regarding Test Modifications, Intervention in School and Clinic, vol. 35, iss. 3.
  • Jacobs, G., (1999), Using Technology to Enhance Early Childhood Teacher Preparation, ERIC Document Reproduction Service.
  • Jacobs, G., Boschee, M. A., (1998), Child Care in the United States: Yesterday and Today, National Network for Childcare.
  • Boschee, M. A., Jacobs, G., (1998), Ingredients for Quality Child Care, National Network for Childcare.
  • Jacobs, G., (1998), Newly Revised Ideas on Appropriate Practices for Kindergarten and Primary Classrooms, Principally Speaking, vol. 9, pp. 49-50.
  • Jacobs, G., Wounded Head, J. A., Spencer, K., Stolle, D., Zhang, G., (1998), An In-depth Look at South Dakota's Successful Early Childhood Inclusion Programs, ERIC Document Reproduction Service.
  • Jacobs, G., (1997), Inclusion: Celebrating Children's Successes, University of South Dakota.
  • Jacobs, G., Wounded Head, J., (1997), Resources for South Dakota's School Districts, Principally Speaking, vol. 8, pp. 14-15.
  • Jacobs, G., (1997), Resources for South Dakota's Youngest Students, The South Dakota Exceptional Educator.", vol. 1, pp. 35-36.
  • Jacobs, G., Wounded Head, J. A., Spencer, K., Stolle, D., Zhang, G., (1997), Successful Inclusion: Teacher's Perceptions, ERIC Document Reproduction Service.
  • Jacobs, G., Wounded Head, J. A., Matthews, G., Zhang, G., (1996), Inclusion in South Dakota's Early Childhood Settings, ERIC Document Reproduction Service.
  • Jacobs, G., Crowley, K., (1995), Weaving an Integrated Curriculum, ERIC Document Reproduction Service.
  • Jacobs, G., Rogers, D. L., Jacobs, G., (1988), The Trimble Model Rural Preschool, State of Ohio Department of Education.
Awards and Honors:
  • Primary Book we are writing chosen as Comp Member Benefit, NAEYC, 2014
  • Nominated for Belbas Larson Award, USD, 2013
  • Elected president of NAEYC, NAEYC, 2012
  • Selected for Inclusion in Who's Who Worldwide, Who's Who, 2012
  • K Book chosen as NAEYC Comprehensive Member Benefit Book, NAEYC, 2010
  • Children's Champion Award, SD Voices for Children, 2008
  • Teachers' Choice Award, Learning Magazine, 2008
  • Distinguished Achievement Award for Teacher Resources, Association for Educational Publishers, 2007
  • NAEYC Governing Board Member, NAEYC, 2006
  • Honorable Mention for the Belbas Larson Award, USD, 2004
  • Certificate of Achievement, South Dakota Office of Child Care Service and the South Dakota Pathways to Professional Development Program, 2003
  • Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence for NAEYC Student Chapter, BOR, 2002
  • Named as The South Dakota Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, 2002
  • SDAEYC Service Award, SDAEYC, 2002
  • EC Program named model program, SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), 2000