Tim Kinard is an associate professor of early learning in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where his work as a researcher is entangled with his work as a teacher. A unique collaboration with the local, public school district in San Marcos has created a space where Tim and his colleagues engage with a community of practitioners, administrators, students and local families, while designing curricula and teaching with/in a public prekindergarten as engagement with complicated conversations about conquest and curriculum, theory and practice. This ongoing research collaboration and teaching opportunity were created to explore the promises and
perils of play-based, place-based, multilingual curriculum and pedagogy. Publications emerging from this collaboration have appeared in a range of journals including New Educator, Theory into Practice, Young Children and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, as well as in a book he co-authored with Jesse Gainer and Mary Esther Huerta, entitled Power Play: Explorando y Empujando Fronteras en Tejas, through theory building and storytelling in a multilingual play-based early learning curriculum.