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Are policies for at-risk children helping?
Curry School Speakers Series Examines What’s Working, What’s Not

January 30, 2003-- Numerous challenges face schools, teachers, families and communities in finding the best ways to help children who fall into the broad category, called “at risk.”

A new lecture series, sponsored by the Curry School, is bringing education scholars to U.Va. to talk about the latest interdisciplinary research and policies concerning risk factors and helpful methods of prevention.

In the Curry School’s recent planning process, risk and prevention surfaced as a defining area that makes the school stand out from other teacher training colleges. Enhancing these areas of expertise and the connections among scholars and society will broaden understanding of the educational context, said professor Robert Pianta, chair of the Risk and Prevention work group.

“There are many factors that lead to children underachieving, from poverty to learning disabilities. We want to view education with a broader lens to link the connections in this area,” Pianta said.

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale of Northwestern University gives the first talk Jan. 31 on “Mother Transitions from Welfare to Work and the Well-Being of Preschoolers and Adolescents: Findings from the Three-City Study.”

Subsequent speakers include:

Feb. 21: Kyle Snow, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, “Methods in Early Childhood Education: Illustrations and Illusions.”

March 14: Deborah Vandell, University of Wisconsin, “After-School Programs for At-Risk Youth: When and Why They Support Positive Youth Development.”

March 21: Roger Bakeman, Georgia State University, “Observational Methods and Sequential Analysis: Useful for Risk and Prevention Studies?”

All lectures will be held at 10 a.m. in Ruffner Hall Auditorium 4C.

For details, call Robert Pianta at (434) 243-5483.

Contact: Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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