Dawn Rouse

Doctor, Feminist, Thinker, Creator, Blogger. Student, Teacher, Observer. Woman, Mother, Wife and Rabbit Servant to two House Rabbits.

Wife to son of Black Panthers from Detroit, and Mother to one badass biracial daughter. 

Finished my PhD in Early Childhood Education in 2012 and am now a Professor of Education at a University in the Midwest. It's been quite and adventure.

meditative lull

So, um, Hi.How is it going? It's been a little while, eh?But here's the thing: I have conversations with you all the time in my head. Honestly ....more


"I don't care to raise a child with or be married to you any longer", he said. Calmly."Ok", I responded and walked out of the room.Sometimes there isn't anything else to say ....more

Self Defensive

Last Fall, Emily and I took a self defense class.The origins of how we came to be in a room with a handful of other women, learning to punch, kick, shout and fight our way out of a physical attack seems ludicrous in hindsight ( she promised her father that he could pick some exercise activity if she could adopt a cat and he chose THAT), yet there we were.As an adult woman, I am no stranger to threats or instances of gendered violence. I've had boyfriends push me ...more

One Month Later

I think about the blog. I think about all of you out there. It's just that sometimes I get so distracted, or sad, or exhausted, or lonely to do anything but think it in my head.The winter malaise has continued ....more

Spring Brake

While Spring break has come and gone at my school, Spring is being temperamental and avoidant. I nearly cried to see the snow again this morning. I am a strong woman and don't generally complain about weather during the season in which it is expected, but I am being worn thin by this never-ending cold.I have bought daffodils for my office to console me ....more

Spoiler! - No, I can't.

This Friday I had an appointment with my wax professional.I like her well enough - she's no Rosa and not even Polly, but hey, I'm in Wisconsin. I'm just happy to find someone who is willing to do a Brazilian wax.You relationship with someone who does your wax should be...friendly. ...more

Agents of change

A few weeks ago I assigned a webinar being hosted by NAEYC as an assignment for my students in my Administration of early childhood programs classes. The topic of the webinar was leadership and I thought it was a timely way to start moving into the overall topic of what it means to lead a program.Yes, we get to budgeting and staffing patterns, but fundamentally I view this as an advocacy course. I take them through how parents apply for child care assistance, how child care and ECE is funded in the United States, quality rating scales and accreditation ....more

Fun with Eyeshadow

We all realize that I am just a 4 year old with toys, right? ...more

Curiosity and Creation

Prompted by my friend Maija who, after reading the Arts and Crap post said:"Tell me what to Do with her!?" ( meaning her 20 month old daughter)Here are some things that I saw work pretty successfully with Younger kids (Toddlers and up):First off, I don't do food as art material. I know, I know. Some of you are shaking your heads in horror."But Pudding Paint, Dawn!"Nope ....more


The rundown of an academic calendar is always a sight to behold. Students are exhausted, Professors are exhausted and both want to be done with each other - at least temporarily - yet there is always one more assignment, one more narrative to complete.Without fail, my colleagues and I ask ourselves "Why do we require this assignment?" when faced with stacks of grading, of reading and responding to portfolio's, of editing and revision.I've staggered over the finish line of this term, particularly exhausted, having felt all term as if I am three steps behind myself. My organization has been mediocre, at best, and I have struggled in finding my groove in any of my classes.Last week was the end of exams ....more