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Community Lecture Series

Youre invited! CLS 2016 with PLAY EXPERT DR. stephanie carlson

 Registration is now open: RSVP HERE TO ATTEND!

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About the Marsico Annual Community Lecture Series (CLS)

Ever since its inception, the Marsico Institute has been committed to taking high-quality research and best practices information beyond university walls. In our Early Learning Community Lecture Series, we bring in national and international experts on early learning topics, and offer an evening social event and lecture, free of charge.

Past announcements and CLS events

2016 October 25th: Save the Date

Dr. Stephanie CarlsonMarsico’s 2016 Early Learning Community Lecture will feature Dr. Stephanie Carlson. Dr. Carlson is an internationally recognized leader in the study of executive function (brain basis of self-control). Dr. Carlson is Professor and Director of Research at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. She is also a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (University of Chicago) and the Frontiers of Innovation (Harvard Center on the Developing Child), and Pre-k Standards and Assessments Working Group (National Governors’ Association). She is an advisor to Sesame Workshop® as well as the Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Join us for her lecture at our annual CLS event that will provide research and tips to help promote executive function (EF) through physical health (nutrition and sleep), caregiving practices and preschool curricula. In particular, she will share how using various pretend play and self-distancing strategies (e.g., role play) may be useful for EF development in the preschool and early school years. Stay tuned for more information about her upcoming lecture as we post updates in the coming months!

Can't wait to learn more about research-based play? We encourage you to get to know Dr. Carlson by learning how pretend-play and symbolic thinking can reduce temptation and improve children's self-control. 


2015 October 8

Promoting Healthy Brain Development in the Face of Adversity: Lessons from the Intersection of Research, Policy and Practice by Dr. Philip Fisher, Professor of Psychology and Research Scientist at the Prevention Science Institute at the University of Oregon.

2014 October 28

Elevating the Capacity of Classroom Experiences for Promoting Students' Learning and Development: Observation and Improvement of Teacher-Child Interactions  by Dr. Robert C. Pianta, Dean of the Curry School of Education, and Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia.

2013 October 22

Science, Math, Literacy, and Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood - Can We Do it All? by Dr. Kimberly Brenneman, Assistant Research Professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, Dr. Nell K. Duke, Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Michigan, Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter, Professor in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Julie Sarama, Professor and Kennedy Endowed Chair at the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, and Dr. Douglas H. Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair and Director of the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy at the University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education


2012 November 15

Supporting Parental Engagement in Children's Developing Literacy by Dr. Eric Dearing, Associate Professor from Boston College's Lynch School of Education


2011 November 11

Promoting Literacy from Birth to Five by Dr. Nell K. Duke, Professor of teacher education and educational psychology, an affiliate of the program in school psychology, and co-director of the Literacy Achievement Research Center (LARC) at Michigan State University

2010 October 28

Brain Rules for Baby by Dr. John Medina, Author of  Brain Rules for Baby

2010 April 29

The Science Behind Why Early Childhood Matters! by Dr. Jill Stamm, Founder of the New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development and author of Bright from the Start

2009 March 30

Best Practices for Serving Very Young Latino Children and Their Families by Dr. Michael Lopez, founder and former director of the National Center for Latino Child and Family Research


The Building Blocks of Pre-K Math by Dr. Doug Clements, Developer of "The Building Blocks of Early Mathematics"


Early Childhood Consultation

Growing numbers of stakeholders are understanding the importance of getting a good start on learning, as well as the interdependence of early learning and other critical areas of functioning. Thus, new schools or charter schools, mental health organizations, and private foundations among others are increasingly incorporating early childhood programming, or incorporating child development principles into their existing programming The Marsico Institute serves as a consultant to these initiatives locally and nationally, helping to insure that they are developmentally appropriate, based on good science, and keenly focused on issues of access and equity. If you have a program you would like to discuss with us, please contact our Director or Assistant Director of Policy and Practice.