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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

CYFS leading meta-analysis on parental engagement in education

CYFS Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Moorman Kim (left), CYFS Director Susan Sheridan (center) and the University of Texas at Austin's Tasha Beretvas will determine the impacts of both parent-involvement and family-school partnership interventions by collecting and analyzing decades' worth of research studies.
CYFS Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Moorman Kim (left), CYFS Director Susan Sheridan (center) and the University of Texas at Austin’s Tasha Beretvas will determine the impacts of both parent-involvement and family-school partnership interventions by collecting and analyzing decades’ worth of research studies.

If research studies represent the jigsaw pieces to complex puzzles, meta-analyses assemble them into cohesive pictures that help resolve important questions.

CYFS Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Moorman Kim and CYFS Director Susan Sheridan are currently gathering those pieces to clarify the impacts of two intervention-based approaches for engaging parents in their children’s education. Full Article

Witte, Dooley to visit Hong Kong

CYFS Doctoral Student Affiliates Amanda Witte (second from right) and Kadie Dooley (far right) will be joined by CEHS students Shari DeVeney (far left) and Brittany Grundel on a week-long trip to Hong Kong.
CYFS Doctoral Student Affiliates Amanda Witte (second from right) and Kadie Dooley (far right) will be joined by CEHS students Shari DeVeney (far left) and Brittany Grundel on a week-long trip to Hong Kong.

Two CYFS student affiliates will present their research – and immerse themselves in an “East meets West” culture – when they depart for a week-long visit to Hong Kong on Nov. 29.

Amanda Witte and Kadie Dooley, both doctoral candidates in the Department of Educational Psychology, were among four students recently selected to present research papers at the University of Hong Kong’s Postgraduate Research Conference on Dec. 3. Full Article

Student affiliates participate in CEHS research conference

Affiliates of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools showcased their recent and ongoing studies during the Nov. 12 College of Education and Human Sciences Student Research Conference.

The conference, held throughout Teachers College and Mabel Lee Halls, gave students a forum to unveil research papers and project posters among their CEHS peers and mentors. Jon Pedersen, CEHS associate dean for research and CYFS faculty affiliate, provided the conference’s opening remarks. Full Article

CYFS hosts meeting of prominent family-school minds

The great irony of research on family-school partnerships is that its scholars have yet to fully tap the potential of collaboration.

With this in mind, CYFS recently spearheaded a movement to forge ties and unify research among leaders in the field.

The Center catalyzed these efforts by hosting more than 20 family-school partnership researchers at a national meeting held September 19-21 in Omaha, Neb. Full Article