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.
Funded by the Institute for Education Sciences with a grant to Roberta M. Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Jill deVilliers, Aquiles Iglesias, and Mary Wilson, Brooks Publishing has brought out our new language screener, developed to find children (ages 3 through 5) with potential language problems. As language is fundamental to children’s success in school and in life, we hope it will be adopted by schools to find children with potential language issues who might linger unnoticed in classrooms. It can be administered on any touchscreen tablet or computer and identifies children for referral. QUILS™ has a monolingual English version and a forthcoming version for children learning both English and Spanish (the QUILS: ES).
Breakthroughs and insights now emerge regularly from the learning sciences. Yet they are slow to make their way into schools, family support systems, and the social consciousness. Too often, new findings are either left to wilt in inaccessible academic journals, contorted by splashy headlines, or too complicated to lead to real policy changes. One major contributor to this problem is that journalists, entertainers, policy influencers, and learning scientists have no incentive to take the time to listen to each other, grapple with problems together, and gain a deeper understanding of each other’s mission and work.
This is why the Jacobs Foundation, together with the think tank New America, and the International Congress on Infant Studies (ICIS) created a new fellowship: The Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX). The LSX aims to create a conversation between scientists, journalists, entertainers, and policy makers.
If you are an individual in any of the above areas from the United States or Europe, who is passionate about dissemination and communication of scientific findings to benefit families and schools, please apply to this amazing two-year fellowship!
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!
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.
A baby lab is installing games in urban spaces to teach problem-solving and creativity. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek has a vision: she would like to see children all over the world waiting at bus stops with puzzles embedded in the benches, then riding to parks installed with life-sized board games, past street lights that project glittering animated […]Read full story >
Play is a universal, cross-cultural and necessary attribute of childhood, essential for development and essential for learning. Experts who study it say that play is intrinsic to children’s natures, but still needs support and attention from the adults around them. Children are natural players, right from the beginning. “It’s hard to imagine when an infant […]Read full story >
I often have my phone in my hand while breastfeeding my one-year-old daughter. This isn’t a confession, because I don’t feel guilty about it. Even though there are lots of people implying that I should. For example, at a research forum hosted by Children and Screens: the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development, while […]Read full story >
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.