2014 Forum


The Center for Children and Families presents our fifth annual Forum on "Ensuring Children's Success in School: Effective Teacher-Child Interactions in Early Education" on Friday, October 31st from 9am - 1:30pm at The University of Texas at Dallas. The keynote speaker is Robert Pianta, PhD, dean of the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia, founding director of the Curry School's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), and director of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Pianta's prolific work focuses on teacher-student interactions and relationships and components of effective teaching and learning. He is the author of the CLASS observational assessment tool used by Head Start programs across the country. Dr. Pianta's research and policy interests are particularly salient to the national dialogue regarding the achievement gap for low-income children that begins in the earliest years and the strong need and efforts to bridge that gap.

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Other presenters include Alan Cohen, MBA, executive director of Early Childhood Education & Community Partnerships for DISD, and Adrianna Cuéllar Rojas, MPA, president/CEO of United Ways of Texas. They will speak to the opportunities and challenges of early childhood education in DISD and moving the needle in early childhood education policy.

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This conference is for:

Teachers, parents, school administrators, school counselors, psychologists, and researchers interested in enhancing the role of teacher-child interactions in supporting the development of school readiness skills; understanding methods of assessment for evaluating positive teacher child interactions and improving upon them.
Community leaders, child advocates, and policy makers interested in learning about effective interventions and policies aimed at improving the quality and impacts of the early education system.
Service providers interested in understanding professional development models that improve teacher-child relationships, student engagement, and their associations with children's success.

Where is the Forum?

This year's Forum will be held in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room at The University of Texas at Dallas.

What is the cost of the Forum?

The cost of the Forum is $15 (includes lunch) and free for faculty, staff, and students of UTD (Comet card required at check-in).

Will Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) be available?

Yes, participants can receive a certificate of participation and select organizational CEUs will be available:

-This workshop has been approved for 3.25 hours of continuing education credit for Social Workers, LPCs and LMFTs by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers

-This event has been approved for 3.25 contact hours of EIS continuing professional education credit. ECI approval of continuing professional education does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures

What is the schedule for the day?

A detailed schedule can be found here.

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