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October 3, 2022
Thanks to a new five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), a group of researchers at FPG is expanding its work to support implementation of instructional and leadership practices that lead to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.
young children in classroom with teacher; all wear masks for COVID protocol
September 25, 2022
For more than 20 years, FPG has enjoyed a research-practice partnership with the Department of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Last year, this collaboration was strengthened even further with the establishment of a formal research-policy-practice collaboration.
pre-k classroom of children playing at table with small toys
September 21, 2022
FPG will continue to provide high quality technical assistance to improve services and results for children with disabilities and their families through a new award for the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center. The award, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education, builds on ECTA's current work of supporting programs that serve young children with disabilities, birth to 5 years, and their families.
SIRC Outstanding Practice-Focused Sympoisium Presented to Mechanisms of Change Within External Implementation Support: A Conceptual Model and Applied Case Examples 2022 Society for Implementation REsearch Collaboration Conference Awarded on September 10, 2022 San Diego, CA
September 19, 2022
Three implementation specialists at FPG, along with three colleagues from other institutions, earned a top award during the 2022 Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Conference for their symposium titled "Mechanisms of Change Within External Implementation Support: A Conceptual Model and Applied Case Examples."
brian boyd (left) and kara hume (right); images over carolina blue background with fpg wallpaper
September 14, 2022
The UNC School of Education honored four faculty members at a Celebration of Scholarly Excellence, with one named to an endowed professorship and three named as faculty scholars, during a Sept. 8 event at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Among the honorees were FPG Faculty Fellow, Kara Hume, PhD, and FPG Executive Leadership Board Chair Elect, Brian Boyd, PhD.
Teacher is playing with cheerful children at kindergarten
September 6, 2022
In July, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), a team of FPG researchers launched a measurement study focused on the social-emotional learning of young children. The project is designed to establish the psychometric qualities of the Teacher Impression Scale (TIS), a practitioner-administered assessment of preschool children's peer-related social competence.
Smiling African American son and father having a picnic in the park while reading a book together
August 31, 2022
Recognizing the underrepresentation in research studies of young children and families living in rural poverty, a group of scholars created the Family Life Project. This multidisciplinary longitudinal study, which used an epidemiologic sampling frame to recruit a representative sample of every baby born in one of six poor rural counties in NC and PA, joined ECHO in 2016 to work toward understanding the effects of a broad range of early environmental influences on child health and development.
EDUCARE logo - EDUCARE in tan on white background with red house outline and National Evaluation Partner written in blue
August 26, 2022
As part of the Institute’s mission to transform children's lives through innovation in research, practice, and policy, researchers at FPG are supporting the Educare Learning Network—a coast-to-coast consortium of state-of-the-art, full-day, year-round schools serving children from birth to 5 years who are at risk for school failure
Brandon Hall Bronze award icon
August 22, 2022
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and the MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Bronze award for excellence in the Best Use of Blended Learning category for “A Blended Approach to PBIS Supports in Michigan.”
Julie Austen; woman with shoulder-length hair wearing black top and white jacket stands in front of large shrub and is smiling widely into camera
August 18, 2022
Julie Austen, an implementation specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), will soon be returning to her roots as the Director of Mental Health for an integrated community health center in the area where she grew up in, Pittsburgh, PA.
female teacher watching and helping toddler girl using colored pencils at kindergarten
August 16, 2022
The Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) project at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has just released a new module, Selecting an Evidence-Based Practice, and an accompanying Individualized Education Program (IEP) to Evidence-based Practice (EBP) tool.
round headshots of four young african-american women with carolina blue borders and headline that reads "McKinney Scholars Program 2022 Cohort" - the women depicted are, from left to right, Marcia Carroll, Damari Holley, Tyler Hughes, and Monteria Reaves
August 12, 2022
FPG's McKinney Scholars Program recently concluded its third summer internship. This annual, 10-week program was established to offer hands-on research experience in child development to undergraduate students from North Carolina's HBCUs. Hear from this year's scholars as they reflect on the experience.
Marie David, Megan Faber and Adrianna Richards. "2022 Implementation Division Summer Interns"
August 9, 2022
The Implementation Division recently wrapped up its third annual Implementation Division Summer Internship Program, a paid opportunity for masters' and doctoral students. The program, which is designed to create a challenging and meaningful professional experience, exposes interns to implementation practice and research across a variety of fields and practice settings.The three interns of this year’s cohort recently took time to reflect on their experiences in the internship program.
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August 4, 2022
In recent months, stories about school shootings and the opioid crisis have dominated the headlines. Diana Fishbein, PhD, director of translational neuro-prevention research at UNC FPG, contends that 30 years of prevention science research can offer solutions.
headshot of schatzi mccarthy; woman with shoulder-length hair wearing white turtleneck sweater standing in front of purple tree
August 1, 2022
With two master’s degrees, one in public administration and one in planning, FPG's Schatzi McCarthy tends to see the world from a systems perspective. Her work at the Institute allows her to do that from a national and international perspective. McCarthy says her work at FPG lets her be a well-rounded generalist, employing her skills in evaluation, systems strengthening, supervision, and monitoring to support program initiatives.
headshot of Chih-Ing Lim standing outside in front of greenery
July 18, 2022
Chih-Ing Lim, a senior technical assistance specialist at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has received a Global Partnership Award to advance a partnership with the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University (NIE-NTU) in Singapore this summer.
classroom setting with young student with curly blonde hair points to smiling blue face image on paper held by woman with long dark hair and glasses
July 14, 2022
Despite good intentions, U.S. education systems struggle to adopt evidence-based practices to improve the quality and effectiveness of services provided for students with disabilities. Implementation science—the multi-disciplinary study of methods and strategies to promote use of research findings in practice—addresses this by providing frameworks that facilitate the use of such practices and support practitioners in consistently using these tools.
Ann Sam - woman with long brown hair wearing blue shirt stands outside in front of trees and shrubbery
July 13, 2022
On July 1, Ann Sam, PhD, became the lead of the Research and Evaluation Division at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG). Sam, an advanced research scientist, focuses her work on increasing awareness and use of evidence-based practices and interventions designed to improve outcomes for students with autism. She is excited about the future of the division, which is committed to conducting research and evaluation studies that improve children’s lives, support families, and inform public policy.
green media card with headshots of jani kozlowski and catasha williams; woman on left with shoulder-length brown hair wearing pink top and woman on right with short black hair wearing black top
July 7, 2022
During its 20th annual conference from July 11 – 13, the BUILD Initiative will host three days of virtual sessions featuring the visionary work of leaders who are building early childhood systems that work toward racial equity and center families and providers. On July 11, FPG technical assistance specialists Jani Kozlowski and Catasha Williams will present a session titled, “Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities: A Critical Quality Indicator in Early Childhood Education.”
Kelsey Thompson headshot; woman in purple v-neck top with dark hair and glasses stands outside in front of hedge
June 22, 2022
We’re pleased to share that Kelsey Thompson is the winner of this year’s James J. Gallagher Dissertation Award. She recently spoke with us about her research and what impact receiving this award will have on it.