Christine McWayne, TuftsBridging Divides and Making Visible the Invisible: Connecting Parents and Teachers through Cultural Inclusion

    April 20, 2021 12:00 pm

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    EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE LECTURE Implicit within mainstream notions of family-school partnership is the assumption that school-based engagement is needed for parents to provide effective support for their children’s learning and development. However, for many low-income, ethnic minoritized and immigrant families, sociocultural and language differences between families and educators create significant chasms in understanding between home […]


    Addressing Child Poverty During the Pandemic

    April 14, 2021 4:00 pm

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    Lisa Gennetian, Pritzker Associate Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy, and David Reese, President and CEO of the Durham Children’s Initiative, discussed federal and local efforts to support children and families affected by the pandemic during this annual community event. The program also featured poster presentations from students […]


    Tyler Watts, Columbia UniversityExploring Heterogeneity Across Multiple Cluster Randomized Trials in Early Childhood: Evidence on intervention implementation and fadeout

    April 13, 2021 12:00 pm

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    EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE LECTURE     Tyler Watts presented data from four cluster randomized trials that evaluated the scale up of the Building Blocks preschool mathematics curriculum. These trials were run in five different cities, producing a range of effects on measures of children’s mathematics achievement. Watts discussed recent efforts to examine school-level factors that […]


    Rev. Dr. Starsky WilsonWhy Child Well-Being and Racial Equity Go Hand-in-Hand

    March 25, 2021 5:00 pm

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        Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, a pastor, philanthropist, activist and Duke alumnus, became the president and CEO of the Children’s Defense Fund in December 2020. He is a national thought leader in racial justice, community organizing, and movement building and a strong advocate for children’s rights. Dr. Wilson joined the Children’s Defense Fund with […]


    Cynthia Garcia CollInequality, Racism and COVID-19

    March 23, 2021 5:30 pm

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        As this historic pandemic unfolds, we see Black, Indigenous, and people of color overrepresented in its dire consequences: increased numbers in positive COVID-19 cases and deaths, layoffs, evictions, and food insecurity. Existing inequality in educational opportunities, housing, healthcare, and employment and various expressions of racism (i.e. institutional, psychological, etc.) might explain the extreme […]


    Raj Chetty, Harvard UniversityDoes the American Dream Depend on Your Zip Code?

    February 24, 2021 5:30 pm

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          Children’s chances of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90 percent to 50 percent over the past half century in America. How can we restore the American Dream of upward mobility for our children? In this talk, Raj Chetty will discuss recent work that he and his colleagues at Opportunity […]


    Using Data to Advise K-12 Public School Systems during the Pandemic

    February 4, 2021 12:00 pm

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        Join us for this webinar to learn how the ABC Science Collaborative, coordinated by the Duke School of Medicine and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, pairs scientists and physicians with school and community leaders to help them understand the most current and relevant data about COVID-19 so they may make decisions that will keep […]