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.
Active learning, playful learning, flipped classrooms, team-based learning – this plethora of new terms highlights an effort designed to align the way we teach with the science of how children learn. This signals a pedagogical shift that is no less than a sea change from the older, yet still prominent models where teachers stand in front […]Read full story >
Picture this: You’re in the supermarket with your hungry preschooler in tow. As you reach into the dairy case, you spot a sign with a friendly cartoon cow. It reads: “Ask your child: Where does milk come from? What else comes from a cow?” In a small study published last year, signs like these, placed […]Read full story >
Cities can create outside-the-classroom learning opportunities for low-income children by encouraging communities to reimage everyday locations in their neighborhoods as places for playful learning. What if a bench were not just a bench? What if instead, it had puzzles on the back that could be arranged and rearranged to produce three separate pictures? Or if […]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.