"Sharing Knowledge to Enable Effective Parenting: Messages and Mechanisms from Research and Practice"
The Achievement Gap Initiative and the Children’s Defense Fund co-convened a two day special conference focused on effective parenting, child development, and learning.
This conference was developed in response to several organizations that contacted the AGI earlier in the year, seeking ways to promote and support effective parenting. Our ultimate goal is to distill a set of important ideas that interested organizations can help disseminate, consistent with their various interests and capacities.
Panels of researchers from leading universities shared their current research findings and leaders of organizations with family-focused programs shared their experience. Topics included recent research on cognitive development, literacy and math skills development, stress management and healthy child development, adolescent development, home visitation programs, and ways to reach and effectively communicate with parents. It was a very stimulating and productive two days.
Research presenters included faculty members from leading universities representing a range of disciplines. Practitioners also shared their "on the ground" knowledge and perspectives on ways their programs help parents and their children. Each panel was followed by an expert led discussion and audience Q&A.