2012 Forum

The Center for Children and Families presents our third annual Forum "Learning How to Learn: Promoting School Readiness and Academic Achievement" as a two-day event beginning Wednesday, October 3rd (7:30pm evening lecture) and continuing on Thursday, October 4th (9:00am – 2:45pm). The keynote speaker is Cybele Raver, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University. Dr. Raver advises local and federal agencies on promoting school readiness among low-income children.

Why should you attend?

  • Did you know that since the 1960’s the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students has increased by nearly 40 percent?
  • Did you know that over the past five years, rates of poverty in the U.S. have risen and 16% of our Dallas children live in extreme poverty (family income less than half of the federal poverty level)?
  • Did you know that there is evidence of a causal role between children’s emotional and behavioral competence on their academic achievement?
  • Did you know that teaching children self-regulation skills can help mitigate poverty’s impact?

The Learning How to Learn Forum will explore these topics in a two-day event, featuring key-note speaker, Cybele Raver.

Who should attend this forum?

If you are an educator, a mental health professional, a parent, a student, a policy-maker, a community volunteer or child advocate interested in social-emotional development in children as well as evidence-based ways to improve school readiness you should attend this forum.
This workshop has been approved for continuing education for Social Workers, LPC’s and LMFT’s by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. This workshop has been approved for continuing education for Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and Early Intervention Specialists (EIS).

What is the format of the forum?

Evening Lecture:  Wednesday, October 3rd , 7:30pm – 8:30 pm. The evening lecture will be free and open to the public. Dr. Raver will be talking about the science of self-regulation. This talk will be geared for parents and educators and provide a foundation for the presentations on Thursday on promoting children’s school achievement.

Daytime Forum:  Thursday, October 4th, registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and introductions will begin at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Raver will be speaking from 9:30 – 10:45, including a period for questions and discussion. Following a 15-minute break, Marnie Glaser from Commit! will follow to provide a perspective on school achievement issues in Dallas and discuss her organization’s work to address strategic efforts across Dallas County to ensure high quality education for all. Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:00.  After lunch, the discussion will continue with 15-minute presentations from four noted speakers and further contributions from Dr. Raver and audience participants. A final wrap-up presentation will conclude the day’s events, ending at 2:45pm.

What is the cost of the forum?

The evening lecture on Wednesday, October 3 will be free and open to the public.  On Thursday, October 4 there will be a $25 fee to attend. This fee will cover lunch, refreshments and CEU’s. UT Dallas students, faculty and staff may attend for free with a valid comet card. Please note your UTD affiliation when registering.

Where is the forum?

The forum will be held on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson. The Wednesday evening talk on October 3 will be held in the Alexander Clark Center. The Thursday events on October 4 will be held in the Galaxy Rooms of the student union, SU 2.602.  Detailed parking information will be sent via email to registrants.

Is there Continuing Education Credit (CEU) available?

We will provide CEUs for LCSW, LMFT, LPC, and licensed psychologists in the state of Texas. We also provide CEU’s  for ECI professionals. Educators receive CEU credit from the UTDallas Teacher Development Center.  The $25 registration fee covers the cost of the CEUs

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