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Topic: Language Development

Date and Time: March 4, 2010 at 7 p.m.

Presenters: Jill de Villiers and Barbara Pearson

Jill de Villiers is a psychology professor at Smith College who conducts research on children's language development.  To read more about the work that she has done at Fort Hill, please visit our academic collaborations page. Barbara Pearson is a research associate at UMass and recently published a book, Raising a Bilingual Child.

The evening will be about an hour and a half.  Jill will talk about the connections between language development and theory of mind development, or how children come to understand other people's mental states, like intentions, goals, desires, beliefs.  Barbara will talk about raising children bilingually, and the evidence in support of it. 


Topic: West Room and Group A Parent Curriculum Night

Date and Time: February 15, 2010; 5:00-5:45 p.m.

         (Child care provided 5:00-6:00 p.m.)

Teachers will share documentation that showcases the curriculum connections and relationships that developed between the children in the West Room and Group A over the past few months.  The discussion will follow a protocol developed by the Making Learning Visible Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Fort Hill Teachers' Collaborative Research Projects

Topic: Ramps to Relationships

Presenter: Polly Caron and Lauren Lantz-Helm

Topic: Non-Verbal Communication

Presenter: Balbir Singh, Martha Lees, and Kait Northey

Topic: Humor

Presenter: Nora DeJasu and Leah Rescia

Topic: Sensory Integration

Presenter: Jen Godlesky, Sue Kramer and Kait Northey




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