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Joining parenting educators and researchers at annual in-service event

December 6, 2016

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Marianella Casasola presenting

Parenting In Context (an initiative housed in the BCTR) holds annual in-service events at Cornell University for parent educators and others who work with parents and children across New York State. The in-service is a two-day event with networking opportunities, professional development workshops, and various academic presentations by Cornell faculty. By directly connecting those that work with parents with researchers studying parenting and child development, the initiatives delivers the latest research into the hands of those that can use it and allows researchers to hear from practitioners about research needs.

The 2016 event was held in September and featured presentations on topics such as:

  • family life in an era of mass incarceration
  • spatial language and play in early childhood
  • the gap between research and available interventions for autism spectrum disorders
  • the community impact of school-based health centers in rural New York
  • an update on the Toddler Talk pilot study
  • as well as workshops on how to conduct a Community Café and the role of social media in outreach efforts

Presenters included Christopher Wildeman and Sharon Tennyson from the Department of Policy, Analysis and Management, Michael Goldstein from the Department of Psychology, Marianella Casasola from the Department of Human Development, and Lee Humphreys from the Department of Communications, as well as Parenting In Context Staff Kimberly Kopko and Eliza Lathrop Cook. Participants included parent educators, as well as others who work with families and youth.  Participants came from 17 counties across New York State.

Participant comments:

I always take away so much away from these events. I find it very useful when the presenters know their audience and discuss how we can use this info in the field. The ability to connect with colleagues is valuable and energizing.

The connection between researchers and us (educators in the field) has been incredibly valuable!

The connection to new initiatives, programs, and research have been great opportunities for our county associations.

Parent Education In-Service full presentation/workshop list (in order of delivery)
Day 1

  • Family Life in an Era of Mass Incarceration - Christopher Wildeman
  • Early Childhood Development: Spatial Language and Play - Marianella Casasola
  • Workshop: The Power of Community Cafés - Anna Steinkraus & Elizabeth Wolff

Day 2

  • Toddler Talk Update: Facilitating Cognitive Development in Social Context, Pilot Study - Michael Goldstein, Eliza Lathrop Cook, & Amanda Root
  • Workshop: Role of Social Media in Outreach Efforts - Lee Humphreys
  • Enhancing the Community Impact of School-Based Health Centers in Rural New York via Parenting Education: A Pilot Study - Kim Kopko, Sharon Tennyson, & Maria Arrieta
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Discussion of Gap between Research and Available Interventions - Michael GoldsteinPartnering with Cornell Capstone Course: Experience and Benefits - Jackie Davis-Manigaulte
  • Training for Family Professionals on Positive Discipline - Nancy Olsen-Harbich
  • Parenting In Context Updates - Eliza Lathrop Cook & Kimberly Kopko



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