Kathy is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.? Director of Temple University’s Infant Language Laboratory, Kathy is the recipient of the Simms/Mann Whole Child Award, the AERA Outstanding Public Communication for Education Research Award, American Psychological Association’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science, the American Psychological Society’s James McKeen Cattell Award for “a lifetime of outstanding contributions to applied psychological research,” the Society for Research in Child Development Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Child Development Award, and the Temple University Great Teacher Award and University Eberman Research Award.? She was a finalist for 2013 Best Professor of the year for the American Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Bammy Awards.
Black lives matter. Racism is a pandemic. We all bleed the same color blood. – These words were seen on signs held up during the protests sparked by the horrendous death of George Floyd, and by a 400-year history of racism in our country…. As we move forward, we can use? various useful resources to learn about race and various issues related, such as “Resources for White Parents to Learn about Racism,” books that can help explain racism and protest to kids,? “Teaching Tolerance,”? “When and How to Talk to Your Kids About Race,” and a webpage by PBS…
How can I encourage my children to play more and put the screens down? Without playdates, public pools and playgrounds, are my children okay – do they enjoy playing by themselves? How do I facilitate play among children of different ages? Kathy and others discussed this topic during a Virtual Workshop by Children and Screens: Institute of Media and Child Development … Watch Here….
Canned vegetables aren’t as good as fresh vegetables. But they’re better than none. That’s the premise some experts share about the merits of online prekindergarten, although most agree in-person is best. “There’s no such thing as online pre-K. Even though learning is happening, it can’t be what they can learn in a classroom,” said GG Weisenfeld, assistant research professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). That’s because humans are wired to learn from other humans. Read More…
A short piece on “Avoiding the COVID Slump” chalk full of tips for overworked, overtired parents… Watch Here….Read full story >
Amy Robach spoke to Kathy on ABC News Live on May 7, 2020. Watch Here….Read full story >
“During the current COVID-19 crisis, children’s play has necessarily evolved to accommodate school shutdowns, social distancing guidelines, and parents’ at-home work schedules. Parks and playgrounds are off-limits… Which of these changes will “stick” in a post-pandemic world, for better and for worse? We asked nine experts to offer their insights and predictions on what play […]Read full story >
Kathy is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she contributes articles to her Blog on a regular basis.