A Morgridge College of Education engagement series featuring thought leaders and impact makers who are accelerating social change in education, mental health, and public policy.

Phil Strain, PhD

Radical Behaviorism, Democratizing Knowledge and Setting the Stage for Quality of Life Improvements

Kennedy Endowed Chair Seminar
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
11:30am – 1pm
KRH Commons

This presentation will focus on an example of a multi-decade intervention project with young children who engaged in serious and persistent challenging behavior at 3 years of age. Broad social outcomes included:

  • eliminating the institutionalization of children under age 5;
  • addressing child physical abuse by adult family members;
  • addressing punitive behavior management strategies by preschool teachers;
  • and eliminating disproportionality in suspension and expulsion in early care and education settings.

Across the research initiatives examples of essential quality of life changes for children and adults will be highlighted, including:

  • later academic success;
  • adolescent and adult mental health;
  • employment;
  • friendships;
  • and positive teacher-child and parent-child interactions.

Julie Sarama, PhD

Early Childhood Math Matters to You, Even If You Think It Doesn’t

Kennedy Endowed Chair Seminar
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
4-5:30 p.m.
KRH Commons

About Dr. Sarama:

Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category “Math”). Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers. Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies.

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