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Feb. 19 presentation, roundtables to address science literacy

Rodger Bybee, a long-time researcher and advocate for improving science instruction, will explore strategies for fostering children’s science literacy during a Feb. 19 presentation co-sponsored by CYFS.

As part of the Agricultural Research Division’s Big Idea Seminar Series, Bybee will present “Building Science Literacy through Engagement in Community and Environmental Stewardship” from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union on UNL’s City Campus. Full Article

CYFS announces research fellowship for CEHS faculty

CYFS announces research fellowship for CEHS facultyThe Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools has announced a new fellowship program for faculty in UNL’s College of Education and Human Sciences.

Created for associate and full professors or research professors, the CYFS Research Fellowship Program will give faculty who have made measurable progress on a dedicated program of research – yet need additional time and support to expand the depth and breadth of that research – one year of in-house professional leave. Fellows will receive a one-course buy-out for each of two consecutive semesters. Full Article

CYFS releases 2012-2013 Annual Report

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools has released its annual report for the 2012 fiscal year, which ran from July 2012 through June 2013.

Titled “Together We Can…,” the report presents a cross-section of CYFS research and outreach from the center’s thematic foci of early education and development; academic intervention and learning; social-emotional learning and development; rural education; and research and evaluation methods. 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-housed Rural Center hosts national research conference

Brent McBride (center), director of the Child Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, participates in a panel discussion during the first day of Connect-Inform-Advance, the 2013 National Conference on Rural Education Research.

The CYFS-housed National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed) generated discussion and disseminated findings about factors influencing the academic success of rural K-12 students when it hosted 150 researchers, practitioners and policymakers at a conference held April 3-4 in Omaha, Neb. Full Article

CYFS-housed center spurs governor’s proclamation of rural education week

CYFS-housed center spurs governor's proclamation of rural education weekWith support from the University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies and the CYFS-housed National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed), Gov. Dave Heineman has proclaimed April 1-6 as Rural Education Week in the state.

Great Plains director Richard Edwards and R2Ed director Susan Sheridan joined Peter Longo, professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, in requesting the proclamation. Its signing sets the stage for two events that will address education in rural communities throughout the Cornhusker State and beyond. Full Article