Ask the MITM Team to Speak
The Mind in the Making team at Families and Work Institute is made up of professionals with an impressive mix of academic, policy, and practitioner experience. As you read the biographies for Ellen Galinsky, Dr. Marijata Daniel-Echols, and Dr. Julie Riess, you will see that they offer a strong set of knowledge and experience on a range of topics – for example, early childhood education, education and poverty policy, running demonstration programs, delivering professional development to future educators and caregivers, evaluating early childhood programs and policies and explaining complex concepts to a variety of audiences. All three share a passion for using research in practical ways to improve the lives of children and their families and are well versed in the content and application of Mind in the Making.
Families and Work Institute makes every effort to meet the requests of all organizations that would like to have a member of our team share their insights as a speaker. However, there are times due to issues related to scheduling, travel, and intended audience that we might not be able to connect you with the specific team member you request. In those instances, we will suggest another member of our team who is available during the dates you requests and/or who has an in-depth knowledge of the topic or group(s) that you wish to address. We also encourage you to consider the option of distance presentations, for example webinars and conference calls, that offer more flexibility in scheduling and reduced travel costs.
"Galinsky has spent her career observing and analyzing how children learn. Collaborating with top researchers in the science of childhood brain development for the past decade, she identifies seven life skills that help children reach their full potential and unleash their passion to learn. The skills are presented in a readable and accessible volume enlivened by parents' narratives about what works and what doesn't, hints and tips, and over a hundred “suggestions” (games and family activities) for involving kids in the pursuit of learning. Each of seven chapters focuses on one skill, most of them involved with the “executive” (or management) function of the brain, such as focus and self-control, communicating, and critical thinking. Galinsky urges parents to instill in their children a grasp of different kinds of knowledge to best tap inborn “sense” and foster self-motivation. The big message is simple: teaching children to think may be the most important thing a parent can do. It doesn't take a village and it doesn't require fancy courses or equipment—Galinsky's everyday, playful, parent-child learning interactions offer a place to start..." -- Publisher's Weekly
By synthesizing the lessons she has learned from filming and interviewing hundreds of leading researchers, Ellen Galinsky has identified a set of seven essential life skills that are the most important for children AND for adults to succeed in the 21st century. In a series of events throughout 2010, Ellen is engaging in conversations about Mind in the Making with diverse audiences across the country.
In her presentations, Ellen uses an interactive approach that is based on research-based principles of adult learning. Participants will be engaged in direct experiences that help them think about their own learning in relation to the seven essential skills. They will see videos of researchers “in action” sharing studies on the same topic, and they will be able to apply what they have learned to their own lives.
Marijata Daniel-Echols, Ph.D.
Marijata C. Daniel-Echols most recently was the Director of Research at the HighScope Educational Research Foundation from 2003 - 2011. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan as well as a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to program evaluation, Daniel-Echols has been involved extensively in the development of tools designed to measure child outcomes and early childhood program quality. She has served as Principal Investigator for projects at the local, state, and national level addressing a range of topics including - teacher professional development, early language and literacy, early math, special education, family, friend, and neighbor care, Head Start, and state-funded preschool. Daniel-Echols has used her knowledge of experience conducting rigorous early childhood education research to serve as a consultant to human services agencies seeking to develop and implement early childhood education strategic plans grounded in research-based decision-making. In addition to early childhood education, Daniel- Echols' knowledge base includes organizational theory, policy creation and implementation, and program evaluation applied to the areas of welfare reform, employment policy, and political participation.
Julie A. Riess, Ph.D.
Julie A. Riess, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist, early childhood educator, author and mother. She received her bachelor's degree from Vassar College and her doctorate in developmental and social psychology from Brandeis University. As a faculty member at Vassar, she has taught courses on the applications of developmental psychology research in understanding children in the context of their lives at home and school. For the past seventeen years, she has been the director of Vassar College’s early childhood laboratory schools, which serve children six weeks through 9 years old. As the director of an early childhood school, she embraces the joy and complexities of working with children, parents, student teachers, teachers, and administrators to mutually support a learning community where everyone is a lifelong learner.
If you'd like to invite Ellen, Marijata or Julie to speak at your event, please fill out the form below (all fields are required) or download and complete this FWI Speaks Presentation Form and fax or call Marline Griffith at phone: (212) 465-2044, fax (212) 465-8637.