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Sharing Knowledge to Enable Effective Parenting:

Messages and Mechanisms from Research and Practice

 

A Research-to-Practice Conference

Co-Convened by the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

and the Children’s Defense Fund

Wednesday June 29th and Thursday June 30th 2011

Harvard University

AGENDA

DAY ONE Wednesday, June 29th

8:00 – 8:45

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome from AGI Faculty Director Ronald Ferguson and CDF President Marian Wright Edelman – Building on the Premise that All Parents Care

9:00 – 10:15

What Parents Should Know from Brain Research

Richard Nisbett, University of Michigan

John Ratey, Harvard Medical School

Margaret Sheridan, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital, Boston

Nadine Gaab, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital, Boston

David Grissmer, University of Virginia

Lead Questioner: William Dickens, Northeastern University and the Brookings Institution

10:30 – Noon

What Parents Should Know about Developing Literacy & Mathematics Skills

Susan Landry, University of Texas, Houston

Ursula Johnson, University of North Texas

Elizabeth Gunderson, University of Chicago

Susan Levine, University of Chicago

Lead Questioner: Richard Murnane, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Noon – 1:00

Lunch

1:00 – 2:20

Helping Parents Manage Stress and Promoting Healthy Child Development

Steven Gortmaker, Harvard School of Public Health

Carol Leitschuh, University of Minnesota

William Beardslee, Harvard Medical School

Portia Kennel, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago

Lead Questioner: James Quane, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

2:20 – 3:40

What Parents Should Know about Adolescent Development

Stephanie Jones, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Ronald Ferguson, The Achievement Gap Initiative

Richard Lerner, Tufts University

Steven Sheldon, Johns Hopkins University

John Diamond, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Lead Questioner: Rick Weissbourd, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

4:00 – 5:20

Organizational Structures for Reaching Parents

Judy Langford, Center for the Study for Social Policy

Jamilah R. Jor’dan, Chicago State University

M. Elena Lopez, Harvard Family Research Project

Michele Brooks, Parent University, Boston Public Schools

Lead Questioner: Ronald Ferguson, The Achievement Gap Initiative

 

AGENDA FOR DAY TWO, Thursday, June 30th

8:00 – 8:45

Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00

Reflections on Day One

9:00 – 10:20

Parent Talk

Jennifer Baily, Agenda for Children Literacy Initiative, Cambridge

Theresa Lynn, ReadBoston, Boston

Susan Goldin-Meadow, University of Chicago

Mariela Paez, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Lead Questioner: Rick Weissbourd, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

10:40 – Noon

Home Visitation Programs

Robert Ammerman, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Rick Weissbourd, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Three-to-Third)

Darrell Armstrong, Institute for Clergy Training (IFCT), Trenton

Karen Kalish, Teacher Home Visit Program, St. Louis

Lead Questioner: Julie Boatright Wilson, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Noon – 1:00

Lunch

1:00 – 2:30

Communication Strategies for Reaching Parents

William Jackson, Great Schools, Inc.

Rocio Galarza, Sesame Workshop

Michele Stephenson and Joseph Brewster, Rada Film Group

Lead Questioner: Joe Blatt, Harvard Graduate School of Education

2:50 – 4:00

Review and Synthesis Panel: Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Tiffany Manuel, Frameworks Institute

Heather Weiss, Harvard Family Research Project

Ronald Ferguson, The Achievement Gap Initiative

4:00

Adjourn