My name is Jennifer Keys Adair. This is my idea for a core conversation session at SXSW Interactive 2015. I'm an early childhood professor trying to get more sophisticated online content delivery for pre and early readers. If kids want to learn about whales or tornadoes or honey production or queens - where do they go? Little Kids are not Stupid: Give them Content!YouTube - Jul 26, 2014
Disciplining works if it is not over the top and children understand the point of it.
Highlights magazine’s annual State of Kids survey found that a majority of children appreciated being disciplined and believed that it helped them behave better.
When high school student Coby Burren noticed slaves referred to as "immigrant workers" in his Texas textbook, he called his mother who then called out the publisher. Using "workers" instead of "slaves" to describe migration from West Africa to the United States, they argued, is yet another way to make something horrible sound less horrible.Huffington Post - Oct 12, 2015
Not being able to read is a problem but so is not liking to read.
Reading for pleasure has been linked to growth across many domains, including greater reading confidence, gains in general knowledge and insights that help disrupt negative stereotypes. Engagement with books not only improves social relationships but also builds empathy.
This week, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hannen denied the Obama administration's request that would have allowed applications for hardworking immigrant parents and young adults to stay in the U.S. This decision represents another frustrating delay on actions that could impact the lives of at least 3.7 million people currently living in the U.S.Educational Equity, Politics & Policy in Texas - Apr 13, 2015
This week, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hannen denied the Obama administration's request that would have allowed applications for hardworking immigrant parents and young adults to stay in the U.S. This decision represents another frustrating delay on actions that could impact the lives of at least 3.7 million people currently living in the U.S.Huffington Post - Apr 9, 2015
The new governor of Texas ran on a pre-kindergarten platform. And he announced early childhood education as a main priority. Yet, his plan does little to help ensure teachers have the knowledge necessary to be effective teachers of young children.Austin American Statesmen - Mar 4, 2015
Childhood lessons about black history often overlook important but less well-known figures including (from left) Bayard Rustin, Andrew Young, (second from right) James Farmer and John Lewis, who join Rep. William Fitts Ryan (center) in New York in 1965 during the Civil Rights Movement.Empathy Educates - Feb 27, 2015
Children show a vastly improved ability to absorb knowledge when they are allowed to make some of their own decisions about what they want to learn.
Testing, in other words, gets in the way – and worse.
A report released in January shows that the number of impoverished school-aged children is on the rise. In some states, the majority of public school students are living in poverty. What does this mean for preparing new teachers to enter the classroom? Two guests give us their recommendations.Wisconsin Public Radio (npr) - Feb 23, 2015
How can we modify education programs to make sure that our teachers look beyond simple stereotypes about the perceived deficits of poor students?Pacific Standard - Feb 13, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas >> By age 9, children have prejudices that are “highly resistant to change.” So if we want to fight racism and violence (particularly against black men), we need to teach diversity much earlier.the register citizen - Dec 18, 2014
Turn to the op-ed pages of any major newspaper, and you’ll see how writers are wielding the power of the written word to keep people honest, to speak out about injustices, to shake readers out of apathy. You’re also likely to see the article was most likely written by a man.The University of Texas at Austin - Feb 10, 2015
By age 9, children have prejudices that are “highly resistant to change.” So if we want to fight racism and violence (particularly against black men), we need to teach diversity much earlier.the washington post - Dec 17, 2014
In the aftermath of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shooting and killing Michael Brown, I have been thinking about what young children are picking up from their parents, the news and their teachers about being a good white person.huffington post - Oct 15, 2014
It is easy for kids to plug into content labeled as 'educational' on tablets and smart phones, but partnering screen time with social interaction might be the best way to help kids learn without isolating themselves.The Christian Science Monitor - Dec 8, 2014
The Dilemma of Cultural Responsiveness and Professionalization: Listening Closer to Immigrant Teachers Who Teach Children of Recent Immigrants
Education researcher Jennifer Keys Adair discusses her co-authored TCRecord article.vialogues
Listening Carefully to Parents and Communities, presents research which shows that immigrant parents and early childhood educators often have vastly differing notions of what should happen in preschool. The goal of this presentation is to acknowledge assumptions and practices that can marginalize parents and families as well as outline ideas and strategies that can empower them in their interactions with schools.YouTube - Feb 21, 2014