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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The Morning After: What Have We Done To Our Children? https://t.co/MoC1W9oI6N via @educationweek We need these sentiments more than ever.
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  • Educating the 21st century child

    BOLD

    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 […]

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  • How To Spark Learning Everywhere Kids Go — Starting With The Supermarket

    NPR.org

    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 […]

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  • Transforming Cities Into Learning Landscapes

    Stanford Social Innovation Review

    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 […]

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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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