publications

chapters

“Thinking, Not Stuff: Re-Imagining Young Children’s Engagement With Technology and Innovation,” Chapter 3 (with Jeremy Boyle and Junlei Li) in Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors. Chip Donohue, Editor. Routledge, 2017

“Supporting Children to Find Their Own Agency in Learning: Chapter Commentary” (with Jeremy Boyle) in Media Exposure in Infancy and Early Childhood: The Effects of Content and Context on Learning and Development. Rachel Barr and Deborah Linebarger, Editors. Springer, 2017

“Transformative Hope: A Pedagogical Vision.” Chapter 11 in Multi/Intercultural Conversations. Shirley Steinberg, Editor. Peter Lang, 2001

“Negotiating Place: The Importance of Children’s Realities.” Chapter 7 in Students as Researchers. Joe Kincheloe and Shirley Steinberg, Editors, London: Falmer Press, 1998

poetry

atlas of ordinary things by Melissa A. Butler. Finishing Line Press (forthcoming), July 2019

removing by Melissa Butler. Mojadji Press, 2010

children’s books

in a button by Melissa A. Butler and Nicholas Hohman (in submission process)

blog posts

“Beechwood Kindergarteners Learn with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Fred Rogers Center blog, December 2018

“What I Have Learned From an Artist.” Remake Learning Blog, November 6, 2015

“Helping Children Find Something New Inside Something Known.” (with Jeremy Boyle) Fred Rogers Center blog, October 2014

curricula, learning progressions and thinking documents

Children’s Innovation Project preK-grade 3 Learning Progressions, written between 2012-15

Learning Progressions with Materials and Learning Progressions with Build-it, written for Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 2013

Kindergarten Mathematics Overarching Documents, in support of CCSS alignment, written for Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2012

Kindergarten Integrated Curriculum Framework, co-written (with Renata Capozzoli) for Pittsburgh Public Schools, 2012

Pre-K curriculum for Mdumbi Education Centre, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2010

Re-imagining dialectics: a thought paper on teaching, 2007

On noticing: a theoretical concept paper, 2007

Of writing: a reflective essay, 2007

What’s There: A Study of Found Objects and Sounds, Pittsburgh Teachers Institute, May 2005

A Parent’s Handbook: Our Children, K-5 / Mathematics Standards in Pittsburgh Public Schools, co-writer, Pittsburgh Council on Public Education publication, 2001

Common Language for Standards Initiative, Pittsburgh Public Schools, documents written for parents and teachers, 1999-2000