Organization: DGK & Co.
Derry Koralek is the President of DGK & Company, an early childhood educational consulting company. She is an author of the recent Redleaf Press publication, High-Quality Early Childhood Education, the What, Why, and How, co-written with Laura J. Colker. For NAEYC, she and co-authors are writing a volume on family engagement and for Redleaf, she and Colker are writing a text on learned optimism.
Recent work includes writing training materials for Early Head Start staff, through Zero to Three, a major revision of the textbook, Essentials for Working with Young Children, for the Council for Professional Recognition, and a chapter of a Pre-K implementation guide, for the state of New Jersey.
For 14 years, she wrote, edited, and managed the publications department of the National Association for the Education. She was the Editor in Chief of Young Children, an award winning professional journal. This role included use of a peer-review process to determine suitability of articles for publication,establishing relevant themes for upcoming issues, creation of new columns, writing articles, and making sure each issue appealed to the diverse field of early childhood educators. Young Children received Bronze, Silver, and Gold EXCEL awards from Association Media and Publishing.
During her time at NAEYC, Koralek also created and served as Editor in Chief, Teaching Young Children, an award-winning magazine for preschool educators. Teaching Young Children received the Association for Educational Publishing Golden Lamp Award, 2014, and was a Golden Lamp finalist for the three previous years.
Before joining NAEYC, Koralek completed numerous projects through DGK & Company in support of early literacy, resilience, and professional development for teachers and family child care providers. Clients included Reading Is Fundamental, the Devereux Foundation, Head Start, military child development headquarters, and Teaching Strategies, Inc. She is a co-author of the Caring for … series of training guides, published by Teaching Strategies and used by teachers in all branches of the military.