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Gonzales Weekly Citizen - Gonzales, LA
  • ONLY ONLINE: Academic Distinction Fund Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series Presentation May 9

  •  Internationally-recognized University of North Carolina scholar Frances Campbell, Ph.D., will speak to the Baton Rouge community at

    a free Distinguished Speaker Series session hosted by Academic Distinction

    Fund (ADF) on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw

    Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.


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  •  Internationally-recognized University of North Carolina scholar Frances Campbell, Ph.D., will speak to the Baton Rouge community at
    a free Distinguished Speaker Series session hosted by Academic Distinction
    Fund (ADF) on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at the Manship Theatre in the Shaw
    Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge.
    ADF is a major collaborator among schools, businesses, and the community and
    acts as a catalyst for private sector leadership in advancing public
    education in East Baton Rouge Public School System (EBRPSS). The program
    check-in is from 2 to 2:30 p.m. and the presentation will be from 2:30 -
    4:00 p.m. Pre-registration is recommended.
    Dr. Frances Campbell is best known for her work with the Abecedarian
    Project, one of the longest running longitudinal studies in the world. The
    study followed 111 babies, from low-income homes, into adulthood. The
    research and pattern of results over 30 years provides clear, scientific
    understanding of how high-quality early childhood education can be an
    important contributor to academic achievement and social competency in
    adulthood. Findings from this study are frequently cited by experts and
    policymakers when discussing the importance of quality early childcare.
    The ADF Distinguished Speaker Series is designed to provide critical
    information on the latest early childhood development research and best
    practices. The series is the first of its kind in East Baton Rouge Parish to
    address issues facing infants and children, ages zero-to-five, says ADF
    Executive Director Martis Jones, Ph.D.  
    The ADF Distinguished Speaker Series is directed to East Baton Rouge Parish
    teachers, pre-K providers and administrators, parents and families, business
    leaders, education stakeholders, nonprofit organizations and public
    officials who ultimately impact all prekindergarten children in East Baton
    Rouge Parish and beyond.
    The research-based presentations engage early childhood experts to address
    what it takes for children to be successful in kindergarten and first grade,
    regardless of their socio-economic and racial backgrounds.  
    "By targeting prekindergarten children early in life, high-quality
    educational experiences can build their development in the areas of
    cognitive, health and physical, language arts, reading and literacy, social
    and emotional, as well as creative arts," said Dr. Jones. "This will ensure
    that more students will be prepared for academic success."
    Dr. Campbell says there is little question about quality early care
    improving the odds for low-income children. She says that what you do to
    enhance a child's development when he or she is very, very young has
    long-term implications.
    Funding for ADF Distinguished Speaker Series comes from ADF and ExxonMobil.
    Page 2 of 2 - Additional sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
    Foundation, the Boo Grigsby Foundation, Turner Industries, the Manship
    Theatre and the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center. Planning partners include
    Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, School Aids, Family Behavioral Health
    Center, Family Service of GBR, Louisiana Department of Education, Kleinpeter
    Farms Dairy, and Dean Laura Lindsay of the LSU College of Education, Baton
    Rouge Area Foundation, and the EBRPSS Title I Parental Involvement Office.
    Please email info@adfbr.org or call 922-4560 to register for this free
    community education event.

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