A Professor of Psychology at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Hirsh-Pasek was declared a “scientific entrepreneur” by the American Association of Psychology. Writing 14 books and 250+ publications, her Einstein Never Used Flashcards won the Book for a Better Life Award in 2003 with her Becoming Brilliant (2016) reaching the NYTimes Best Sellers List in education. Co-founder of the global Learning Science Exchange Fellowship, she brings together scientists, journalists, policy makers and entertainers, to put learning science in the hands of educators.  Her newest initiative Playful Learning Landscapes re-imagines cities and public squares as places with science infused designs that enhance academic and social opportunities. Read her newest book Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice (2022) co-written by teachers, school administrators and scientists to bring about joyful teaching and deeper learning.  
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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A Professor of Psychology at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Hirsh-Pasek was declared a “scientific entrepreneur” by the American Association of Psychology. Writing 14 books and 250+ publications, her Einstein Never Used Flashcards won the Book for a Better Life Award in 2003 with her Becoming Brilliant (2016) reaching the NYTimes Best Sellers List in education. Co-founder of the global Learning Science Exchange Fellowship, she brings together scientists, journalists, policy makers and entertainers, to put learning science in the hands of educators.  Her newest initiative Playful Learning Landscapes re-imagines cities and public squares as places with science infused designs that enhance academic and social opportunities. Read her newest book Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice (2022) co-written by teachers, school administrators and scientists to bring about joyful teaching and deeper learning.  

  • “A teacher’s hack for getting kids excited for math went viral. Experts explain why it works” – Today, May 22, 2024

    “In November 2023, Karen Jensen, a Utah elementary school teacher, shared an Instagram reel from her classroom labeled, “THIS IS HOW WE GET EXCITED FOR MATH IN THE MORNING.” In it, she leads her students in a short activity where they rhythmically move their math books in the air in time to the song “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King. They finish with one strong beat where they all drop their books to their desks.” – READ MORE

  • Why play is serious work for adults and children” – Commentary, Brookings Institute, May 2, 2024

    “Play, whether structured or unstructured, is often considered frivolous and not taken seriously. The role of play in children’s lives has long been devalued, prompting Professor Ed Zigler to claim in 2009 that “Play is under siege.” It is still under siege today. A global study across 36 countries indicates that 78% of children say adults do not always think playing is important. Further, 73% of children do not believe adults take play as a way to help them seriously.” READ MORE…

  • “Whatever Happened to Building a Metaverse for Education?” – Edsurge Podcast, April 16, 2024

    “…So what happened to the early education experiments in the metaverse, and what do those watching the space think is next? To find out, we checked in with two experts for this week’s EdSurge Podcast — the same folks we had on as guests two years ago at the height of the metaverse craze. Those guests are Greg Heiberger, associate dean for academics and student success at South Dakota State University and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.” READ and LISTEN HERE…

  • “Active Playful Learning: In and Out of School” – UNESCO Happy Schools Symposium, March 27, 2024

    “UNESCO’s Happy Schools Initiative is a transformative effort that places happiness at the core of education. It recognizes happiness as both a means to and a goal of quality learning. Supported by scientific evidence linking happiness to improved learning, teaching, and overall well-being, this initiative emphasizes that academic excellence and happiness are not mutually exclusive.” Check out Kathy’s presentation on Active Playful Learning at the Symposium HERE….

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    A Measure of Vocabulary, Syntax, and Language Acquisition Skills in Young Bilingual Children
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    A measure of Vocabulary, Syntax, and Language Acquisition Skills in Young Children
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    What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children
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    Presenting the Evidence
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