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Radio interview highlights “Teachers and Parents as Partners”

Susan Sheridan
Susan Sheridan

A collaborative intervention continues to connect children, parents and teachers across the state of Nebraska.

Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP), formerly referred to as Conjoint Behavioral Consulation, is team-oriented approach to improving student behavior at home and school. Sue Sheridan, CYFS director, discussed the program in a recent radio spot with the Nebraska Ag Almanac. Full Article

CYFS examining intervention’s effects on early obesity

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Reseachers studying intervention impacts on early obesity include (from left) Brandy Clarke, Susan Sheridan, Jung-Min Lee & Lorey Wheeler.

A family-school partnership program shown to improve children’s behavior, academics and social skills will now take a seat at the table of another early childhood challenge.

CYFS researchers recently earned two grants to study whether obesity among children ages 3-5 can be curbed by a collaborative intervention known as Teachers and Parents as Partners, or TAPP. Full Article

Sheridan authors guide to help teachers partner with parents

The Tough Kid: Teachers and Parents as PartnersCYFS director Susan Sheridan has authored a newly published practice guide designed to help teachers and school professionals engage parents in partnerships that support children’s learning.

Available from Pacific Northwest Publishers, “The Tough Kid: Teachers and Parents as Partners” takes its name from a family-school intervention approach developed and extensively researched by Sheridan. Full Article

CYFS partnership model featured in Lincoln Journal Star

The Lincoln Journal Star illustrated the application and impacts of a CYFS family-school partnership model in a May 2 feature.

The story includes interviews with the mother and teacher of a third-grade student who participated in the Teachers and Parents as Partners intervention. Formerly known as Conjoint Behavioral Consultation, the intervention approach was developed by CYFS director Susan Sheridan and has been employed by urban, suburban and rural communities throughout Nebraska. Full Article

Researchers author chapter on parenting chess prodigies

Researchers author chapter on parenting chess prodigiesLaser-like focus? Check. Keen memory? Check. Intrinsic motivation? Check.

Parental support? Checkmate.

The development of chess prodigies owes much to the parents who foster their innate talent, according to a book chapter recently co-authored by two CYFS researchers – one of whom can speak from personal experience. Full Article

Sheridan moderates NET panel on parent engagement in education

Susan Sheridan, director of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, moderated a panel on parent engagement in children’s education that aired Aug. 15 on NET2 World.

The Challenge of Parent Engagement,” an hour-long episode of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications’ “The State of Education in Nebraska” series, featured a discussion among educators and administrators from Lincoln, Crete, Grand Island and Omaha. In addition to addressing the many forms and benefits of parent engagement, the panel examined how best to foster connections among parents, schools and community organizations. Full Article

CYFS earns $3.2 million grant to assess Getting Ready intervention

A CYFS research team has earned a $3.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant to explore whether an intervention approach that bridges living rooms and classrooms can also span the persistent achievement gap facing disadvantaged children.

Dubbed Getting Ready, the CYFS-designed intervention aims to strengthen parent-child relationships and foster family-school partnerships that improve the educational prospects of children at risk for developmental delays. Two of Getting Ready’s creators, CYFS Director Susan Sheridan and CYFS Research Associate Professor Lisa Knoche, are now leading a study of its ability to help these struggling children close gaps in cognition, language skills and social-emotional maturity as they enter preschool. Full Article