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CASTL Work-in-Progress Meetings Fall 2012

The CASTL Work-in-Progress meetings are a regular forum in which graduate students, postdocs and faculty across disciplines present their research ideas, plans, methods, and results for the purpose of getting feedback, and are open to the public.

Fall 2012 Schedule

Friday October 19th, 2012, CANCELLED

Friday October 26th, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Ruffner Hall, Room 200 (ON-GROUNDS)

Amanda KiblerNatalia PalaciosPresenter(s): Dr. Amanda Kibler & Dr. Natalia Palacios

Topic: Video Analysis of Literacy and Language Practices in Latino Families with Preschool Age Children

Abstract: We are presenting a preliminary video coding scheme aimed at analyzing parent-child reading and the "contextualization cues" - or the verbal and nonverbal cues that help signal interactional meaning but may not have any traditional "propositional" content – that organize these interactions with children of different English and Spanish proficiency levels. We are interested in feedback regarding the adequacy of our codes in capturing important elements of early childhood interactions.

Friday November 2nd, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

350 Old Ivy Way, Ste. 100

Faiza JamilRoss LarsenPresenters:  Faiza Jamil & Dr. Ross Larsen

Topic: Teacher Ratings of Students' Academic Skills: Alignment with Direct Assessments and Association with Student Learning Outcomes Over Time

Abstract: The lead presenter will be discussing a conceptual framework and analytic plan for the proposal of the third dissertation paper. Additional presenters include Dr. Ross Larsen who is a co-author in this work. The presenters are most interested in feedback on how well our proposed analytic strategy fits the research questions, as data for this project is not yet ready.

Friday November 9th, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

350 Old Ivy Way, Ste. 100

Presenter: Anthony Byers

Topic: A square peg in a round hole: How do visuomotor skills fit into school readiness?

Abstract: The presenter will be discussing two studies that examine visuomotor skills in a school readiness context.  The first will examine the association between visuomotor skills and academic achievement in kindergartners from a low-SES neighborhood.  The second will describe classroom level processes that are associated with gains in visuomotor development in preschool, before children begin formal schooling.

Friday November 16th, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

350 Old Ivy Way, Ste. 100

Manuela JimenezPresenter: Manuela Jimenez

Topic: Unlocking the Mechanisms Behind Effective Coaching: Changes in Coaches’ Delivery and Effects on Reflection.

Abstract: This presentation will focus on results from initial analyses regarding the changes in coaches' fidelity of implementation and cognitive push throughout one year of implementation of a coaching intervention, and the effect of those changes in fostering teachers' reflection in the coaching model.

Friday November 30th, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

Ruffner Hall, Room 200 (ON-GROUNDS)

Jason DownerPresenter(s): Dr. Jason Downer & the LOOK Research Team

Topic: Learning to Objectively Observe Kids (LOOK): The Development of an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Model

Abstract: This presentation will introduce a new, IES-funded Goal 2: Development project that is a joint venture between CASTL and the University of Miami. We are developing a consultation model for early childhood education teachers to help meet the needs of children who display challenging behaviors in the classroom. The LOOK consultation approach uses evidence-based assessment tools, such as the Individualized Classroom Assessment Scoring System (inCLASS) observation and Adjustment Scales for Preschool Intervention (ASPI) teacher ratings, to guide selection and implementation of evidence-based practices. Our project team will be describing early development work of multiple intervention components (e.g., data-based decision-making protocol, guided video review, selection of behavioral strategies) and asking for feedback to prepare for initial implementation of the model this winter in partnership with MACAA Head Start.

Friday December 7th, 2012, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

350 Old Ivy Way, Ste. 100

Presentation 1:

Jessica WhitakerPresenter: Dr. Jessica Whittaker

Topic: MyTeachingPartner-Math/Science: A discussion of findings from a field trial.

Abstract: Jessica Whittaker will discuss the results of a small study examining the impacts of a math and science curriculum and corresponding professional development supports on the quality of teacher-child interactions and children's math and science learning in pre-k.


Presentation 2:

Catherine SangerPresenter: Catherine Sanger

Topic: Teacher and Teacher Aide Concordance in Ratings of Preschool Disruptive Behavior.

Abstract: TBA



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