Schedule of Events 2012

The 3rd Annual Forum for Children and Families is a two-day event this year. The evening lecture is open to the public without charge. Registration is $25 and covers lunch on Thursday, October 4th and professional CEU’s, if desired. The evening lecture on Wednesday, October 3rd is free and open to the public. CEU’s will only be offered for the Thursday session. UT Dallas students and faculty will be admitted free with their comet card.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Location:  Alexander Clark Center, UT Dallas Main Campus, CN 1.112.

7:30 p.m.  -  Public lecture - Dr. Cybele Raver "Helping Children Learn:  The Role of Executive Function," an overview of the science and development of children’s executive function skills and their importance for learning and school achievement. 

Event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Location:  Galaxy Rooms, Student Union, SU 2.602

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  -  Registration

Welcome by President David Daniel, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas.

Opening remarks by Paul D. Hain, M.D., Vice President & Medical Directory, Population Health & Network Development, Children's Medical Center.

9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  -  Dr. Raver will present:  "Lessons Learned from Preschool Intervention:  Self-regulation and School Readiness," an overview of her large-scale Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP) intervention work and findings from follow-up studies of the children through 3rd grade.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Discussion, break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -  Marnie Glaser, early childhood education director for Commit! Dallas, will convey the current education achievement statistics for Dallas County and outline Commit’s initiatives and progress, particularly regarding the Kindergarten Readiness System.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.  -  Afternoon Presentations

Reid Lyon, Ph.D., UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth. 

"Avoiding Washout of Preschool Gains in Cognitive and Language Skills:  The Role of Scientifically Based Instruction in the Early Grades"


Raul Rojas, Ph.D., UTD Callier Dallas.

"The Impact of Gender, Summer Vacation, and Educational Program on the Language Growth of English Language Learners"


David Brown, Ph.D., Texas A&M Commerce.

"Early Math and Science Instruction:  New Potentials for School Readiness"


Susan Hoff, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way. 

"Home Visitation:  Successful Models for Partnering with Parents to Improve School Readiness"


Registration is $25 and includes lunch and CEUs.  UT Dallas students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with their Comet Cards.