Department of Higher Education Leadership and Instructional Technology
- PhD, Universidad Complutense
Wilma Robles de Melendez is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. With over 20 years of experience, she is a specialist in early childhood education and multicultural practices. Dr. Robles de Melendez has extensive experience in the field of education having served in many different capacities—classroom teacher, school principal, child care center director, regional social studies supervisor, and state Kindergarten supervisor- at the Puerto Rico Department of Education.
Her research areas are diversity and cultural issues in early education, socially just services for children and families with linguistically and culturally diverse roots and social studies pedagogy. She is a presenter at local, national and international conferences and has presented in Europe and Latin America. Actively engaged in the field, she is a member of the Editorial Board of the Southern Early Childhood Association. In 2008, Dr. Robles de Melendez was honored as one of South Florida’s Hispanic Women of Distinction. She has authored several publications, some of which include Lee y serás child care providers workshops (2005), Teaching young children in multicultural classrooms, Issues, strategies, and Perspectives (2013) and Teaching social studies in early education (2000).
Areas of Interest
- Early Childhood Curricular Theory and Practices;
- Multicultural Issues;
- Culturally-based practices for family engagement;
- Early literacy development for speakers of other languages;
- Social Studies Pedagogy;
- Prosocial development for preschoolers.