Author Elizabeth "Betty" Kellogg Will Be Sorely Missed

Betty & alumna Cynthia Gray 2008

Yesterday morning educator, photographer, and author Elizabeth "Betty" Kellogg passed peacefully from this earth. Through her photography and writing, Betty carefully documented the work of David and Frances Hawkins. The Hawkins were influential in the conceptualization of CLC curriculum and the INREAL program established by Dr. Rita Weiss and Dr. Tikki Heublein. Betty, a true inspriation to friends and colleagues, was active until she passed away, publishing her last book at the age of 92. Betty's obituary can be found here.

(republished from, 4/23/2010) Frances and David Hawkins were beloved educators who worked directly with teachers and students in early childhood classrooms, including the CU Child Language Center (now Child Learning Center) during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Elizabeth (Betty) Kellogg, educator and photo-documentarian, has brought their work to life in her book, David Hawkins and the Pond Study. Betty received her BA from UCLA in 1940, and her secondary teaching credential in 1941. She became co-director of a pioneering outdoor, nature-based preschool program that included creative arts and an active and serious parent education component in California. After moving to Boulder, she taught with the first year-round group of Head Start teachers. In 1968, Boulder County Head Start was selected as one of thirty best-in-nation, receiving a federal grant for the Follow-Through Program to study how Head Start “followed through’ for success in K-3rd grade. Elizabeth was chosen to photo-document this experiment for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, resulting in her Following Through with Young Children (NAEYC, 1969). This work led to an invitation from David and Frances Hawkins to document their program at the Mountain View Center, housed on CU's campus during the 70's. 

Now, Betty's photos from that program and other classrooms provide us with an illustrated history of richly layered learning environments that inspired generations of students and teachers. Many of those photos were from the CU campus "Pond Study”, a curriculum influenced by David Hawkins and inspirational in Betty's concept for the book. SLHS Alumni website curator, Cynthia Gray ’76 CU alum and former director of the Child Language Center was among other contributors that included Ellen Hall, director of Boulder Journey School, Barry Kluger-Bell, science education consultant, who worked closely with the Hawkins at the Mountain View Center, and Betty's son Tom Kellogg, whose technical skills and encouragement helped to transfer the quality of his mother's photography to the final publication. Betty's photos were also used in Cynthia Gray's documentary "In the Child's Garden: The Educational Legacy of Frances & David Hawkins", released in March of 2013. 

The press release announcing Betty’s newly published book, David Hawkins and the Pond Study follows: Boulder, CO – (Release April, 2010) – What would an eminent mathematician and philosopher of science like David Hawkins choose as an ideal classroom for his own second grader? A pond, of course! Photo-documentarian and author Elizabeth Kellogg records the lively excursions and deep involvement of second-graders with the University of Colorado pond. In David Hawkins and the Pond Study, teachers and parents witness how connecting with the natural world forms an exciting backdrop for learning basic skills. Included is Book Two, David and Frances Hawkins and the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education, a tribute to this extraordinary couple and their historic contribution to educational theory and reform. Dr. David Hawkins was a man of many dimensions––a Distinguished Professor at CU and a deeply dedicated humanitarian, among others. He was married to Frances Pockman Hawkins, a creative and insightful kindergarten teacher, as well as author and educator. Together they made a formidable team. They both had great respect for children’s innate curiosity about the world, and believed that very young children could learn very complex things if these concepts were presented in concrete and hands-on ways. David was especially concerned about the way mathematics was taught in the elementary schools of his day -- as a boring, one-dimensional drill. To Hawkins, mathematics was exciting, the language of nature itself – the key to exploration and discovery. He also had innovative ideas about learning to read and write. He believed that the very roots of literacy lay in the children’s own fresh observations and feelings about the world around them. They thrive on reading and writing their own stories, and sharing them. David Hawkins and the Pond Study demonstrates the kind of classroom and learning environment that the couple was working to achieve. Part 2 of the book, David and Frances Hawkins and the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education depicts the environment at the University of Colorado that the Hawkins devised to foster the development of teachers, who could create the kind of classroom shown in the Pond Study. It also highlights the activities from the innovative hands-on workshops.

David Hawkins & the Pond Study by Elizabeth Kellogg

Filled with Kellogg’s beautiful action-packed photographs, and other authentic documents from the time, David Hawkins and the Pond Study dynamically celebrates the Hawkins’ success with their theories in early learning. In 2009, Elizabeth received the Hawkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boulder County Association for the Education of Young Children (BCAEYC) for her dedication to education reform. To learn more about Betty's work go HERE .