Savvas I See I Learn Literacy Program for Grades PreK-1 Authors

Stuart J. Murphy

Stuart J. Murphy

Stuart J. Murphy is a visual learning specialist, consultant, and author of I See I Learn at School.

He is the author of the award-winning MathStart series, which includes a total of 63 children’s books that present mathematical concepts in the context of stories for Pre-K through Grade 4. A related musical, the Main Street Kids’ Club, is available to be performed by children’s theaters and schools through Music Theatre International.

Stuart is part of the authorship team of a number of mathematics programs published by Savvas. These include enVisionMATH, an elementary school series; digits, an all-digital middle grades program, and Savvas Prentice Hall High School Mathematics.

A graduate and honorary trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design, he is a frequent presenter at meetings of the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and other professional organizations. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Most of all, Stuart is an advocate of helping our children develop their visual learning skills so that they become more successful students.

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Our Expert Reviewers

The children in See-and-Learn City live in a fictionalized world, but their stories must resonate with children in the real world. To help strike the right balance between modeling behaviors and presenting real-life stories, we asked five experts in early childhood development and education to serve as the review team for the I See I Learn stories.

Louise Belmont-Skinner

Louise Belmont-Skinner

Vice President, Exhibits and Design, Chicago Children's Museum, 1988-2012. Chicago, IL

  • Core team member: "Standards of Excellence in Early Learning,” Chicago Children's Museum
  • Leadership: "Design Matters.” Documentation of design guidelines, Chicago Children's Museum
  • Leadership: Capital Projects, Chicago Children's Museum
  • Advocate: Experimentation and innovation in the development and design of children's experiences
“Each book is a tool for a parent of teacher to present basic social concepts to children and engage them in conversations about their own experiences.” 
Juanita V. Copley, Ph.D.

Juanita V. Copley, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, College of Education, University of Houston. Houston, TX

  • Consulting Author: OWL (Opening the World of Learning) and Author: Nita’s Notebook, Savvas Learning Company
  • Author/Editor: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Webcast Creator: Mathematics and the Young Child, National Head Start, Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
  • Presenter: Mathematics Workshops and Seminars for Teachers of Young Children
“This series deals with issues that are important to young children and their development. The stories have captured a positive child-approach to difficult and important questions for young children.” 
Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Ed.D.

Jessica Hoffmann Davis, Ed.D.

Cognitive Developmental Psychologist. Boston, MA

Research Psychologist: Focus, children's development and learning in and through the arts

  • Author: Why Our High Schools Need the Arts, Why Our Schools Need the Arts, Ordinary Gifted Children, Framing Education as Art
  • Founder and Former Director: Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Harvard University Chair Recipient: Patricia Bauman and John Landrum Bryant Senior Lecturer in the Arts in Education (retired)

“The intersection between respect for what the child knows, implementation of the visual image that is at the heart of learning for the preschool child, and focus on topics that are particularly compelling to children of this age set the stage for the learning that these books uniquely provide.”

Cindy Gennarelli, M.Ed.

Cindy Gennarelli, M.Ed.

Director, William Paterson University Child Development Center. Adjunct Faculty: William Paterson University College of Education/Early Childhood Education. Wayne, NJ

  • Recipient: 2010 William Paterson Director of the Year Caring Award
  • Recipient: 2009 Outstanding Early Childhood Practitioner by the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
  • Recipient: 2008 New Jersey Director/Administrator Professional Development Award by Professional Impact New Jersey (PINJ), and New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC)
  • Author: Young Children and Teaching Young Children magazines
“These tender stories are filled with real life scenarios young children experience. The underlying themes foster critical thinking, social emotional, and cognitive skills.” 

Maurice R. Sykes, M.Ed.

Maurice R. Sykes, M.Ed.

Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute, University of the District of Columbia. Washington, DC

  • Deputy Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools, 1994-98
  • Director, Early Childhood Programs, District of Columbia Public Schools, 1988-94
  • Assistant Director, Communications and Public Affairs, District of Columbia Public Schools, 1981-88
  • Assistant Director, Urban Initiatives Program, US Department of Education, 1979-81

“The series is visually attractive and engaging and it provides children with something to think about and something to do.”