2019 Forum


The Center for Children and Families presents our 10th annual forum on "A Communication Foundation: Building Blocks for Lifelong Literacy" on Friday, November 1st at the UT Dallas Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center.

The Forum will feature keynote speaker Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, distinguished professor of psychology at Temple University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Hirsh-Pasek was the keynote speaker of the Center's inaugural forum in 2010, where she presented on "The Arts and Sciences of Play," outlining a mandate for playful-learning in preschool to groom intelligent, socially skilled, and creative thinkers. Since that time, Dr. Hirsh-Pasek's research in the fields of language development and early literacy, early learning landscapes, and memory development has had a formidable impact. The focus of this forum will be her notable contributions to understanding children's verb learning, the study of language in everyday events in children's successful language learning, the critical importance of parent-child "conversational duets," and the role of early social interactions in learning language.

Where is the Forum?

This year's forum will be held at The University of Texas at Dallas (800 W Campbell Road, Richardson TX 75080) in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center.

What is the cost of the Forum?

The cost of the forum is $50 (includes light breakfast and lunch) and $20 for faculty, staff, and students of UTD (Comet Card required at check-in). Scholarship opportunities are available. Please contact ccf@utdallas.edu for more information.

Will Continuing Education Units (CEUs) be available?

Yes. This workshop has been approved for 5 hours of continuing education credit for Social Workers, LPCs, and LMFTs by the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and for 5 contact hours of continuing professional education credit for Early Intervention Specialists. UT Dallas is an approved continuing education provider for the State of Texas through the Texas Education Agency.

What is the schedule for the event?

See the schedule here.

How do I register?

Online registration is required. Please use the UTD Marketplace store here to register.

Interested in sponsoring the event?

Please contact Rachel Berglund (rachel.berglund@utdallas.edu) for more information.

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