Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award.  She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards.
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 in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award.  She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards.

  • “Why the way our children watch screens matters” – BBC

    Screen time for school-aged children decreases their ability to imagine the world, or the so-called ‘mental imagery’ skills. But as Melissa Hogenboom explores, we have the ability to help them be more creative by encouraging play. Kathy also talked about screentime and play in this video…. Watch Here…

  • Best Life: “Avoiding the COVID-19 student slump” – WMC Action News 5

  • “Schools Strive for Screen Time Balance in a Complex Equation” – EdTech

    What’s the right balance between screen time and digital equity? Researchers and K-12 educators grapple with the complex landscape of educational technology and access. Amy Burroughs spoke to  four experts to share their views about screen time:  Peter Bezanson, CEO of BASIS Educational Ventures; Nicol Turner Lee, a fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation;  Bryan Phillips, CTO of Hoover City Schools in Alabama; and Kathy… Read More…

     

     

  • Black Lives Matter

    Black lives matter. Racism is a pandemic. We all bleed the same color blood. – These words were seen on signs held up during the protests sparked by the horrendous death of George Floyd, and by a 400-year history of racism in our country…. As we move forward, we can use  various useful resources to learn about race and various issues related, such as “Resources for White Parents to Learn about Racism,” books that can help explain racism and protest to kids,  “Teaching Tolerance,”  “When and How to Talk to Your Kids About Race,” and a webpage by PBS

     

     

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  • Best Life: “Avoiding the COVID-19 student slump” – WMC Action News 5

    Millions of kids nationwide are spending hours at home now completing lessons online at their own pace or in virtual class settings. But could this interruption in traditional learning lead to a significant loss in skills? Kathy spoke about the “COVID slump” and how parents and teachers can help their children and students…Read and Watch […]

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  • “Why the way our children watch screens matters” – BBC

    Screen time for school-aged children decreases their ability to imagine the world, or the so-called ‘mental imagery’ skills. But as Melissa Hogenboom explores, we have the ability to help them be more creative by encouraging play. Kathy also talked about screentime and play in this video…. Watch Here…

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  • “Online pre-K may be better than nothing” – The Ledger

    Canned vegetables aren’t as good as fresh vegetables. But they’re better than none. That’s the premise some experts share about the merits of online prekindergarten, although most agree in-person is best. “There’s no such thing as online pre-K. Even though learning is happening, it can’t be what they can learn in a classroom,” said GG […]

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Some of Kathy's books include:

  • User’s Manual for the Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)
    A measure of Vocabulary, Syntax, and Language Acquisition Skills in Young Children
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  • 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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