Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow at Temple University, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and President of the International Congress on Infant Studies. She was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award and the Temple University Great Teacher Award.  An author of 12 books and hundreds of publications, she recently received the 2015 Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award.
Guided play advances cognitive skills like language and reading, as well as social skills like emotion regulation.
In the last 20 years, advances in the sciences of infant development have allowed us to view the processes of early word learning for the first time.
Investment in early childhood is a moral imperative that also saves society from 7 to 14 dollars for every dollar spent.
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DR. KATHY HIRSH-PASEK

Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow at Temple University, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and President of the International Congress on Infant Studies. She was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award and the Temple University Great Teacher Award.  An author of 12 books and hundreds of publications, she recently received the 2015 Association for Psychological Science James McKeen Cattell Award and the APA Distinguished Lecturer Award.

  • Kathy’s latest book, Becoming Brilliant released

    Kathy’s latest book, co-authored with Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD, was recently released.  The full title of the work is “Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children.” Click below for more information!

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  • Download “Putting Education in ‘Educational’ Apps: Lessons From the Science of Learning” from Association for Psychological Science

    Children are in the midst of a vast, unplanned experiment, surrounded by digital technologies that were not available but 5 years ago. At the apex of this boom is the introduction of applications (“apps”) for tablets and smartphones. However, there is simply not the time, money, or resources available to evaluate each app as it enters the market. Thus, “educational” apps—the number of which, as of January 2015, stood at 80,000 in Apple’s App Store (Apple, 2015)—are largely unregulated and untested. This article offers a way to define the potential educational impact of current and future apps.

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  • Becoming Brilliant Podcast at Brookings Institute

    Brookings Institute

    In this podcast, Hirsh-Pasek and Golinkoff discuss ways to reimagine what successful learning looks like in a global world using six major skills that will help kids succeed beyond traditional perceptions of success such as good test scores. “What we need to do is train thinkers, to be able to attack the problems in the […]

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  • Kathy launches book at the Brookings Institution

    The Brookings Institution

    Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Golinkoff’s book, Becoming Brilliant: What science tells us about raising successful children just launched at The Brookings Institution.  Click here to learn more about this achievement!

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  • How To Raise Brilliant Children, According To Science

    NPR

    “Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?” When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a “Just because.” You can explain: “Red is for stop and green is for go.” Or, you can turn the question back to her and help her […]

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Some of Kathy's books include:

  • Becoming Brilliant:
    What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children
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  • A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool:
    Presenting the Evidence
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  • Celebrate the Scribble:
    Appreciating Children's Art
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  • Play = Learning:
    How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
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  • Becoming a Word Learner:
    A Debate on Lexical Acquisition
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Kathy is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as a contributor at The Huffington Post. She contributes articles to both her Blog at the Brookings Institution and her Blog at the Huffington Post on a regular basis.

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