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Education Forum Series


Making the "Magic 8" Work for Each and Every Child and Family

Camille Catlett
Camille Catlett
Guest Speaker

Thursday, April 4
2 p.m.
Veterans Hall Event Center, Room 201
(#3 on map)

After two years of analyzing the best available evidence, a team of early childhood researchers identified eight key actions that can make the difference between a mediocre learning experience and an excellent one.

While the "Magic 8" offers useful guidance for building quality, they do not consider the practices needed to support young learners who are culturally, linguistically and individually diverse. This presentation will highlight the additional “magical” components necessary to provide quality, inclusive learning and development environments and interactions for each and every child and family.

Guest Speaker: Camille Catlett

Based at the University of North Carolina's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Catlett's research efforts have focused on developing, implementing and evaluating models for preparing personnel to work with young children who are culturally, linguistically and ability diverse and models for collaborative, cross-sector professional development. One project with early childhood programs in institutions of higher education led to a model for enhancement and change that has been replicated in 10 states. Catlett is a frequent presenter at state, national and international conferences. She coordinates four national LISTSERVs and authors a regular column on implementing evidence-based practices (From Article to Action) in Young Exceptional Children.