Gayle Mindes, Professor Emerita, DePaul University, Early Childhood Education; Educational Leadership. Mindes, life-long urban educator writes and speaks on topics of assessment, challenging behavior, social studies, and kindergarten. Recent books: Contemporary Challenges in Teaching Young Children: Meeting the Needs of All Students 2019. Teaching Children with Challenging Behaviors: Practical Strategies for Early Childhood Educators. 2017 Consulting editor: naeyc; publications on kindergarten.