College of Education

Lissanna Follari, Ph.D.

Director, Inclusive Early Childhood Education

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Work : 719-255-4102



Ph.D., Education 
Capella University Minneapolis, MN                             

  • Honors

Dissertation: Impact on Head Start teachers' practice of training on arts-based curriculum 


Master of Education Early Childhood/Elementary Ed
Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ                       

  • Creativity in Early Childhood 
  • EC Language Arts Development


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Administration of Justice
Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ               

  • Honors

Professional Experience

  • Teacher education faculty and program administrator (F2F and online), 13 years
  • Extensive experience building school district-college partnerships
  • Published author, two Pearson Higher Education textbooks
  • Child care center/lab school administrator, 2.5 years
  • Classroom teacher, toddlers, preschool, and 4/5th grade, 4+ years
  • Grant projects leader and team member

Selected Publications

  • Follari, L. (2015). Valuing Diversity in Early Childhood. Pearson Education
  • Follari, L. (2015, 2006,2011). Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education: History, Theories, and Approaches 3rd Edition, Pearson Higher Education

Select Trainings and Conference Presentations

  • Proposal submitted: 2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference. "What's New in ECE Professional Preparation? Bachelor of Innovation!"
  • Proposal submitted: NAEYC PDI, 2014 Using Learning Trajectories to Bridge Practices Across the Early Years
  • Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, 2014
  • Colorado AEYC, Presenter, 2013 DAP and the Common Core: Finding ConnectionsCulture Belongs to Everyone: Celebrating Diversity in EC Classroom
  • NAEYC Professional Development Institute, 2013 DAP and the Common Core: Finding Connections
  • Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, Presenter, 2013 Culture Belongs to Everyone: Celebrating Diversity in EC ClassroomsThe Incredible Infant Brain (And What We Do About It)
  • Colby-Sawyer College Teaching Enrichment Center- Faculty Development Presenter Unintentional Arrows: Uncovering Microaggression in the Classroom
  • Newport Montessori, Newport NH, Spring 2013 Symposium Valuing Diversity in the Classroom
  • NH Department of Education Training for Area Administrators, 2012 RtI and the Common Core
  • NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Presenter, 2010 Inspiring Risk-Taking Thinking in the Classroom
  • WY STARS Early Childhood Teacher Training 2006, 2007, 2008 Multicultural ECE; Brain Research in Action: What EC Educators Need to Know; Inspiration from Reggio Emilia; Inquiry-based learning for young children
  • Conference Presenter at the 2003 Early Childhood Conference RVCC Project Approach; Children’s Literature; Family-Friendly Teaching


  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Learning and the Brain Society

Volunteer and Service

  • NH Department of Education Common Core Training Group, 2012
  • Wyoming Kids First Advisory Council member, 2009-2010
  • WY Department of Education ECE Standards Review Committee, 2008
  • Center for a Vital Community Board Member, 2007-2009
  • Sheridan Quality Child Care Initiative, Inc. Board member, 2007-2009
  • Sheridan Civic Project Community Leadership Institute participant, 2007
  • Sheridan Early Childhood Association Board Member, 2006-2011

L. Follari CV

L. Follari CV