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Valerie Krage

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Assistant Professor
Educational Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Valerie Krage Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Assistant Professor

Educational Studies

Specialty area(s)

Early childhood education, family engagement in education, impact of poverty on development and learning.

Brief biography

A resident of beautiful Minnesota, I have spent the past thirty years working in the field of early childhood education in a variety of capacities. For many of those years, I worked in a program called Early Childhood Family Education, a MN state-wide program, where I taught in a 4k classroom, facilitated parent education classes, oversaw program operations, and worked with local childcare providers and private preschools. While I am a resident of Minnesota, I am a Wisconsinite at heart, earning my undergraduate degree from UW-Stout.  I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a doctorate in Early Childhood from Walden University in Minneapolis. I am passionate about all things early childhood, particularly the impact of poverty on learning, toxic stress, and family engagement in learning.


Current courses at UWL

ECE 212: Child Growth and Development
ECE 213: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 324: Curriculum and Assessment for Infant/Toddler through Preschool
ECE 425: Field Experience for Infant/Toddler through Preschool
ECE 490: Seminar: Relationships with Children, Families and Professionals
Student Teaching Supervision





EdD, Early Childhood Education
Walden University, 2018
Dissertation Topic: Parent and Teacher Perspectives of Parent Engagement in a Title I School

Master of Science, Educational Leadership
Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2012

Bachelor of Arts, Child Development and Family Life
University of Wisconsin-Stout





Valerie Krage, School of Education, was named UWL's faculty representative to the UWSA Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID) Council on Monday, Aug. 14. This is a three-year term.

Submitted on: June 13, 2023


Valerie Krage, CATL, presented " Inclusive Pedagogy in Foundational Early Childhood Education" at Innovative Teaching & Learning in the UW System on Friday, March 4 online. This event was sponsored by UW System's Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). Krage received an innovative mini-grant after the 2021 OPID Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning and shared her experience implementing inclusive pedagogical practices in her Fall 2021 courses.

Submitted on: Feb. 28, 2022


Taylor Cole Miller, Communication Studies; Valerie Krage, Educational Studies; and Kristina LaPlant, Political Science & Public Administration; were named UWL's 2022-23 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) of UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), with CATL support, on Dec. 22, 2021. They will begin their year-long WTFS experience in summer 2022 and complete a specific scholarship of teaching and learning project.

Submitted on: Feb. 8, 2022