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Michael J. Haslip - Drexel University Assistant Professor for MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Studies
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education

Michael Haslip, PhD


PhD, Old Dominion University, Early Childhood Education
MS, Old Dominion University, Early Childhood Education
BA, Dalhousie University, International Development Studies

Program Affiliation

BS, Education
MS, Teaching Learning & Curriculum
    • Haslip, M.J., Donaldson, L. (2020). How early childhood educators resolve workplace challenges using character strengths and model character for children in the process. Early Childhood Education Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10643-020-01072-2 
    • Haslip, M.J. (2020). The power of please: How courtesy scripts improve self-control and reduce peer conflict by creating new language patterns. Networks: An Online Journal for Teacher Research. 22(1).
    • Mata-McMahon, J., Haslip, M.J., and Schein, D. L. (2020). Connections, virtues, and meaning-making: How early childhood educators describe children’s spirituality. Early Childhood Education Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10643-020-01026-8 
    • Haslip, M.J., & Penn, M. (2020). Cultivating human rights and protecting human dignity by nurturing altruism and a life of service: Integrating U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into school curricula. In H. Mahmoudi and M. Penn (Eds.), Human Dignity and Human Rights. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
    • Haslip, M.J., Allen-Handy, A., Donaldson, L. (2019). How do children and teachers demonstrate love, kindness and forgiveness? Findings from an early childhood strength-spotting intervention. Early Childhood Education Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10643-019-00951-7 
    • Haslip, M.J., Allen-Handy, A. Donaldson, L. (2018). How urban early childhood educators used positive guidance principles and improved teacher-child relationships: A social-emotional learning intervention study. Early Child Development and Care.
    • Mata-McMahon, J., Haslip, M.J., Schein, D. (2018). Early childhood educators’ perceptions of nurturing spirituality in secular settings. Early Child Development and Care. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2018.1445734
    • Haslip, M.J. (2018). The effects of public pre-kindergarten attendance on first grade literacy achievement: A district study. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy. doi: 10.1186/s40723-017-0040-z
    • Haslip, M.J, Gullo, D. (2017). The changing landscape of early childhood education: Implications for policy and practice. Early Childhood Education Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10643-017-0865-7
    • Haslip, M.L., Haslip, M. J. (2013). From Malaysia to America: community-based character education for children and youth. Childhood Education, 89(5), 296 - 302. doi: 10.1080/00094056.2013.830899 

    Funded Projects

    • Principal Investigator, with Janet Sloand (CO-I). Content Development: Expanding Special Education, Trauma Informed Care and Social-Emotional Content in Existing Coursework. Early Childhood Education Professional Development Organization at Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA. March – June, 2020. $21,722.
    • Delaware County Community College and Consortium. The Coaching Companion: Building Statewide Capacity for Reflective Coaching and Seamless Pathways in PreK-4 Grade Teacher Preparation. Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Strengthening and Aligning Higher Education Systems for Early Care and Education Professionals. PI of Drexel subaward. Jan 1, 2020 – Dec 31, 2020. $222,310 full grant, $10,000 Drexel subaward.  
    • Principal Investigator, with Mata-McMahon, J., and Schein, D. (Co-Is). Surveying Early Childhood Educators About Nurturing Children’s Spirituality. Drexel University School of Education. 2019-2020. $2,143. 
    • Principal Investigator. Southeast Regional Partnership for Early Childhood Education Pathways. Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2018. $400,000.
    • Federal Race to the Top funds used to improve early childhood credentials and degrees at 9 participating institutions of higher education. Areas of improvement include: coursework, field placement and supervision and faculty coaching. The project also includes a peer to peer mentorship project linking directors and teachers of child care centers to each other across STAR 4 and STAR 2 centers, replicating an apprenticeship model, and creating articulation agreements to improve degree progression by working early childhood professionals.
    • CO-PI. Allen, G., Haslip, M.J., Provinzano, K., Lynch, B. (PI). Pennsylvania PK-4 Principal Instructional Leadership Collaborative (P3ILC). Pennsylvania Department of Education Eligible Partnership Grant. 2017 – 2018. $600,000.
    • 18-month grant (2017-2018) to recruit, prepare, and evaluate future elementary school principals for effective instructional leadership with PreK-4 students and teachers through a year-long mentored residency experience combined with asynchronous and synchronous online learning focused on essential knowledge and skills for guiding instruction with young children. The project is a collaboration between three institutions of higher education, multiple local education agencies, and a private credentialing company.
    • Principal Investigator. Haslip, M.J., Allen, A., Klem, A. Developing a Culturally Relevant Framework of Social-Emotional Interventions for the Early Childhood Professional Workforce. Drexel University School of Education. 2016 – 2017. $6000.
    • The purpose of this research project is to investigate how to raise the quality of early childhood centers in Philadelphia by implementing a comprehensive framework of evidence-based practices to enhance the culturally relevant social and emotional learning of young children. The primary intervention was a course entitled Social and Emotional Learning and Positive Guidance, taught to early childhood teachers from across the city.

    Other Active Projects

    • Exploring secular early childhood educator’s beliefs and practices about nurturing children’s spirituality. Collaborators include Dr. Jen Mata-McMahon (University of Maryland) and Dr. Deborah Schein. The focus of this project has been the creation of a survey and observational checklist for use in future research and professional development activities. 2016 -
    • Altruism for a life of service: Integrating U.N. sustainable development goals into curriculum. The focus of this project is the creation of a conceptual framework to integrate global sustainable development and altruistic (moral) development into a comprehensive approach to pedagogy, curricula and human development. Related presentation: 2016 –
    • Social Emotional Learning
    • Character Education
    • Education for Sustainable Development
      Assistant Professor
      Community College Instructor
      Elementary School Teacher
      Non-Profits/Community Building

      My research and scholarship is investigating the sustainability of Pre-K outcomes; building frameworks of support for preschool social-emotional learning; creating nurturing classroom climates and promoting altruism-sustainability linkages in education.  My masters and PhD are both in early childhood education from Old Dominion University. I’ve worked as a first and second grade teacher, college instructor, and in the non-profit sector. I enjoy learning how to be a global citizen by promoting community empowerment and international partnerships. Scholarship, service and family activities have taken me to more than 30 countries. After growing up in California, I graduated from college in Canada, met my wife in China, got married in Malaysia…and settled here after joining Drexel University in 2015. My wife and I live in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia with our young son, one indoor tree and a few plants!  We enjoy nature and participating in our faith community.