Public Lecture and Forum to Address Early Child Care and Education on February 22 in Oklahoma City
 
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Public Lecture and Forum to Address Early Child Care and Education on February 22 in Oklahoma City
Researcher Deborah Lowe Vandell to Be Joined by Experts from Smart Start Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the Chickasaw Nation, and The Oklahoman for Discussion

WHAT
Dr. Deborah Lowe Vandell, a renowned researcher on the short-term and long-term effects of early child care and education, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Opportunities and Challenges of Early Child Care and Education,” as part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Lecture Series. The event is free, open to the public, and includes an informal buffet reception.

Vandell, a professor of education and psychology in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, will examine the short- and long-term benefits of early care and education as well as the factors that impede program effectiveness. She also will explore promising policies and strategies that can ensure young children receive the high quality early experiences they need.

Vandell’s 20-minute-long talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by Ben Felder, an investigative reporter covering education, politics, poverty, social trends, and data for The Oklahoman. Debra Andersen, executive director of Smart Start Oklahoma, Gary D. Sandefur, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs and professor of sociology at Oklahoma State University, and Danny Wells, administrator of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Education, will join Vandell and Felder during the discussion to offer comments on the talk and field questions from the audience.

AERA’s Centennial Lecture Series is a series of six education research lectures held across the country as part of the association’s centennial celebration.

WHO
Deborah Lowe Vandell is a professor of education and psychology in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, where she served as the founding dean. The author of more than 150 articles and three books, she has focused much of her research on the short-term and long-term effects of early child care and education. Vandell began her career as a kindergarten and second grade teacher. Her testimony before Congress and other federal, state, and local governmental bodies has been used to inform policy decisions in early childhood and afterschool programming. Read more.

WHEN
Wednesday, February 22, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST
Informal buffet reception to follow

WHERE
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr,
Oklahoma City, Okla.

TO RSVP
To RSVP to attend the lecture, visit http://www.aera100.net/deborah-lowe-vandell.html or email aera100@aera.net. To register for the livestream of the lecture please click HERE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AERA CENTENNIAL LECTURE SERIES
Visit http://www.aera100.net/cls.html

Social Media
The hashtag for the AERA Centennial Lectures is #AERALectures. You may also find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

About AERA
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

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