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The Orchard: Earliest Literacy Development: Oral Language

04 Mar 2024
3:30pm - 4:30pm EST

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The Orchard: Earliest Literacy Development: Oral Language

In this session with Dr. Meredith Rowe of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we will delve into the importance of early language development and how critical the learning environment is to acquiring those skills. Dr. Rowe will address how we can structure effective classroom environments for language learning, and the research that informs her work.

Facilitated by Meredith Rowe

Meredith Rowe is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She leads a research program on understanding the role of parent and family factors in children's early language and literacy development. She is particularly interested in uncovering how variations in children's early communicative environments contribute to language development and in applying this knowledge to the development of intervention strategies for low-income families. Rowe received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from the HGSE in 2003 and then pursued postdoctoral fellowships in the Psychology and Sociology departments at the University of Chicago for several years. In 2009, she was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014 before joining the faculty at Harvard. Rowe's dissertation was supported by a grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). For the past 10 years, her work has been funded by grants from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Specifically, Rowe was the recipient of a Postdoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA), a Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) early career Research Transition Award, and a recent Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) to fund her current intervention study. Her work is published widely in top journals in education and psychology, including Science, Child Development, Developmental Science, and Developmental Psychology.


Audience: Directors and Assistant Directors

04 Mar 2024
3:30pm - 4:30pm EST

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