2020 Lectures


Join us for our upcoming lecture series this spring at UT Dallas, focused on "Supporting Diverse Learners." Lectures will take place in the Eugene McDermott Library, MC 2.410 from 9:30am - 10:30am, with a reception following until 11am. The series is sponsored by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the UT Dallas Center for Teaching and Learning.

Jaret Hodges, Ph.D., University of North Texas
Handout Slides Video

February 28, 2020

Jaret Hodges, Ph.D., University of North Texas

“Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students from Diverse Populations”

Education should address the diverse needs of students, including those who have outstanding levels of aptitude or competence in academic domains. But it can be challenging to identify and support gifted students, and particularly those from populations who are traditionally marginalized in Texas public schools (e.g., Black; Latinx; Native American; in poverty; English-language learners). Dr. Hodges will discuss successful identification and programming models for children from marginalized populations. Implications for education inequity will also be discussed.

Salena Brody, Ph.D., UT Dallas

March 27, 2020

Salena Brody, Ph.D., UT Dallas

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

“Conversations that Create Change: Talking to Kids about Injustice”

Research indicates that children are aware of racial categories from a very young age and that explicit conversations about racism can improve racial attitudes. Further, teaching children about the history of marginalized groups is among the most effective methods to reduce bias. This talk will explore how and where children receive information about racial injustice, focusing on four main areas: children’s racial awareness as they develop, parent/child conversations about race within the home, race-focused curricula at school, and real-world interventions aimed at reducing bias.

Meghan Swanson, Ph.D., UT Dallas

April 17, 2020

Meghan Swanson, Ph.D., UT Dallas

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

“Talking to Babies: The Universal Ingredient for Language Learning”

During the first three years of life children go from babblings to saying hundreds of words. Babies complete this developmental feat with the help of their parents who provide them with their primary learning environment. Dr. Swanson will discuss the universal role that parents play in helping infants learn language. Her talk will explore the unique challenges facing children from diverse backgrounds, and how they can all be supported by responsive and developmentally appropriate caregiver speech.