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October 25, 2021
Caryn Ward, PhD, has been an integral member of the team at the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute since 2014, when she joined as an implementation specialist. She became NIRN’s assistant director in 2017 before being named as director in July 2021.
October 20, 2021
During 2006 to 2014 as a post-doc and researcher at FPG, Iheoma U. Iruka, PhD, started thinking about the need for a center dedicated to the study of Black children and families. She realized that vision soon after her return to FPG in 2020. Iruka, a research professor in the Department of Public Policy and a Faculty Fellow at FPG, is the founding director of FPG’s Equity Research Action Coalition.
October 11, 2021
A Guide to Addressing STEM Myths, which launched in June 2021, addresses and debunks misconceptions about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning experiences and opportunities for young children, including infants and toddlers and children with disabilities.
Project EXPRESS: EXamining interventions to PRomote Executive function and Social Skills
October 4, 2021
Funded with a grant of nearly $700K from the U.S. Department of Education, a team from the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute recently launched Project EXPRESS: EXamining interventions to PRomote Executive function and Social Skills.
September 30, 2021
FPG's 2021 impact report is here! In this year’s impact report, you’ll see how we continue to work with intention around our top three priorities—partnership, emphasis, and culture—as outlined in our strategic plan.
September 29, 2021
Every day we work to strengthen and accelerate the translation of research knowledge to evidence-based practices and policies. We're committed to sharing the information we generate with the public via journal articles and other resources. Check out some of our most recent implementation-related publications.
September 28, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is celebrating 50 years of excellence in technical assistance. Join us as we celebrate a half-century of OSEP-funded technical assistance excellence at FPG with three 75-minute celebratory keynote presentations and panel discussions.
September 24, 2021
Building on the success of its inaugural STEMIEFest in 2020, FPG's STEMIE Center is hosting the second annual STEMIEFest from October 4 – 8. This free, online, interactive conference offers STEM education resources and support for early childhood educators, early childhood special education practitioners, families, and others who work with young children and their families.
September 21, 2021
Senior Implementation Specialist Caryn Ward, PhD, director of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, was recently named head of the Institute's Implementation Division.
Sherri Britt Williams smiles at camera
September 14, 2021
In August, Sherri Britt Williams, MPH, took the reins as lead of UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s (FPG’s) Technical Assistance (TA) Division, after spending three months as co-lead with her predecessor, Christina Kasprzak, PhD.
September 8, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute’s (FPG’s) Implementation Division recently wrapped up its second annual Implementation Division Summer Internship Program. The three interns of this year’s cohort reflect on their experiences.
August 30, 2021
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) won a coveted Brandon Hall Group© 2021 Silver Award for Excellence in Learning. The AFIRM for Paraprofessionals modules earned an award for Best Advance in Custom Content.
Karen Bluth
August 25, 2021
This spring, Karen Bluth, PhD, director of the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute's Program on Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Families, published her second book on mindfulness and self-compassion for teenagers in a year, this time focusing on the particular needs of teenagers with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
August 19, 2021
The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Education (STEMIE) Center has produced a video series about the importance of inclusion in STEM for young children, as well as a collection of resources for families to use at home.
August 4, 2021
The State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP) Center at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has been hard at work creating new multimedia resources for educators and implementation practitioners.
July 29, 2021
FPG's Equity Research Action Coalition recently added two new members to its team: Managing Director Sharron Hunter-Rainey, PhD, and Data Scientist Milton Suggs. The Coalition addresses a need for a collaborative of experts who will use strengths-based data to shed light on the impact of historical and contemporary racism and inequities.
July 28, 2021
As the Marvin H. McKinney Scholars Program in Research, Practice, and Policy at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute comes to a close, the 2021 cohort of scholars reflected on their experiences in the internship program.
Publications Roundup Inclusion Focus
July 21, 2021
July is Disability Pride Month, and much of our work focuses on disability research and improving outcomes and support systems for children with disabilities and their families. Below, we have gathered a few of our most recent publications that examine and promote inclusion and equity for children with disabilities.
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July 14, 2021
Ann Sam, PhD, is an advanced research scientist at FPG. Her research and professional development interests are rooted in her direct experience as a public school teacher working in preschool and kindergarten classrooms with students with autism. Her work focuses on supporting the use of evidence-based practices for children with autism using a variety of professional development approaches including coaching and interactive, online modules.
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July 5, 2021
FPG is pleased to welcome seven new members to its Executive Leadership Board, which was established in 2001 to guide the Institute in its mission to conduct research that makes a difference in children's lives, supports families, and informs public policy.

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