Hosting Institution: UT Health Science Center at Houston
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Title: Impacting Early Childhood Education for Texas Schools and Families: Research-to-Practice at Scale
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- Susan Landry, Ph.D. is a nationally-recognized developmental psychologist who founded the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth in Houston in 2003. During her tenure, CLI developed, piloted, studied, and implemented large-scale programs designed to positively impact the school readiness of young children at school and home, including Play and Learning Strategies (PALS) and Texas School Ready (TSR, positively impacting more than 1.2 million children in Texas). Dr. Landry’s research covers examinations of biological and environmental influences on children’s development from infancy through adolescence as well as numerous federally funded parent-child and early childhood classroom intervention studies.
- April Crawford, Ph.D. is an associate professor and serves as the co-director of the Children’s Learning Institute, joining UTHealth in 1999. She earned her doctoral degree at the University of Houston in 2010 and serves as CLI’s director of state initiatives. Dr. Crawford’s research interests include interventions related to early childhood teacher professional development and coaching delivery, strategic program implementation, and public policy, with an emphasis on improving outcomes for at-risk communities.
- Tricia Zucker, Ph.D. is an associate professor and serves as the co-director of the Children’s Learning Institute, joining UTHealth in 2010 after earning her doctoral degree at the University of Virginia and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at CLI. Dr. Zucker’s research interests include interventions designed to address reading, language, and academic difficulties, with a focus on children who are at-risk for learning disabilities and English learners from birth through elementary grades.
For more than 17 years, the Children’s Learning Institute has developed, piloted, studied, and implemented programs designed to positively impact early childhood education across the state. Discover how we integrate a research-to-practice model to positively impact children’s school readiness at school and home with the latest strategies, and at no cost to providers. We’ll highlight several programs implemented at scale in Texas and how to access these resources: Texas School Ready and CLI Engage, Play and Learning Strategies, Developing Talkers, and the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System.
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