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Updates from Emerging Research on School Readiness

February 11, 2009

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Drs. Jean Layzer and Lisa Klein presented a synthesis of the most recent and newly emerging federally-sponsored research on school readiness, based largely on findings from an invitational meeting held Washington, DC in October 2008 entitled, “A Working Meeting on School Readiness Research: Guiding the Synthesis of Early Childhood Research”. This meeting was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE). Abt Associates Inc. and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) convened the meeting. Highlights of the webinar focused on several key areas: what we are learning about measurable success in teachers’ behavior, instructional practices, child outcomes; and where there are still gaps in the science that we need to fill.

Diane Trister Dodge served as the respondent, discussing how best to make this research accessible to our stakeholder groups (from her perspective as a former preschool and kindergarten teacher, President of Teaching Strategies, and also a member of the D.C. Mayor's Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development).

You may watch and listen to the entire call at the WebEx website. The call is 90 minutes.

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