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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 unveils website commemorating 10th anniversary

CYFS 10th Anniversary WebsiteThe Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools has commemorated its 10th anniversary with the release of a website encapsulating the center’s history and influence across the past decade.

The website features a dynamic timeline of CYFS milestones, a section summarizing the center’s major strands of research, an infographic-filled overview of its impact, and a chapter outlining the collaborations that have made its research possible. 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

CYFS to host April 10 summit on early childhood

2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early ChildhoodThe Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools will provide a forum for sharing and discussing the latest research on early childhood when it hosts an April 10 summit in Lincoln, Neb.

Co-sponsored by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and First Five Nebraska, the 2014 CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood will feature three rounds of presentations that outline recent findings from CYFS faculty and affiliates. Subsequent small-group roundtables will facilitate discussion of how these findings can inform early childhood practice and policy. Full Article

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