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Why Talking To Little Kids Matters | Anne Fernald

Why Talking To Little Kids Matters | Anne Fernald

 

 

For babies, good conversation is nourishment for the brain. Dr. Anne Fernald is the director of the Language Learning Lab of the Stanford Psychology Department and one of the world’s leading experts in infant-directed speech. In her TEDxMonterey talk she explains how the quality of our interactions with infants and young children effects their brain development for life.Anne Fernald is the Josephine Knotts Knowles Professor of Human Biology at Stanford University. As director of the Language Learning Lab in the Department of Psychology, she conducts experimental studies of language processing by infants and young children, as well as observational studies of parent-infant interaction. Fernald and her research team have developed sensitive measures of the time course of infants’ understanding as they learn to interpret language from moment to moment. In longitudinal studies with English- and Spanish-learning children from advantaged and disadvantaged families, this research reveals the vital role of early language experience in strengthening speech processing efficiency, which in turn facilitates language learning. Fernald is also conducting research in West Africa, examining speech to children in relation to language learning in rural villages in Senegal. A central goal of this research is to help parents understand that they play a crucial role in supporting children’s language growth – providing their infant with early linguistic nutrition and language exercise.

Fatherhood As An Anti-Poverty Strategy: Joseph T. Jones Jr

Fatherhood As An Anti-Poverty Strategy: Joseph T. Jones Jr

 

Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. 

Bill Nye, Science Guy, Dispels Poverty Myths

Bill Nye, Science Guy, Dispels Poverty Myths

 

Bill Nye dispels myths about poverty, health, and foreign aid. 

What is your Mother Worth: Josh Klein

What is your Mother Worth: Josh Klein

 

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Inspirational note to daughter

Ivan Lansberg on “Ambidextrous Leadership”

Ivan Lansberg on “Ambidextrous Leadership”

 

 

Ivan Lansberg contends that effective leadership of a family enterprise requires a skill set which has not been adequately described in the business literature.

 

 

More specifically, he notes that leaders in a family enterprise are required to attend to the leadership needs of both the enterprise and the family. The enterprise needs the leader to lead, for example, the process of succession, while the family needs the leader to lead, for example, the nurturing and development of the next generation, the support of elderly parents, and the planning of family events. Most leaders are better at leading either the enterprise or the family, but few are naturally inclined in both areas. Lansberg calls for family enterprise leaders to become “ambidextrous leaders” — to build their skills in both arenas. This can allow the family enterprise to take advantage of the paradoxes of a family enterprise and turn these potentially confounding ambiguities into strategic advantages.

 

Installing Values In Children Through Playtime Activities: Michael Bakas

Installing Values In Children Through Playtime Activities: Michael Bakas

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Michael Bakas is a Materials Scientist with a Ph.D in Ceramic and Materials Engineering from Rutgers University. He is an active member of Toastmasters International and recently won the District 15 Humorous Speech Contest in Boise, ID. Bakas hails from the great state of New Jersey, and currently lives and works in Idaho Falls, ID.

 

The Gift, ‘Flip Side’ of Teen Behavior: Charis Denison

The Gift, ‘Flip Side’ of Teen Behavior: Charis Denison

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In this talk, Charis Denison discusses the stereotypes of teenagers, and shows you how they are benefits to our society. Denison is a youth advocate and expert in community involvement, human development, and ethics. She has built her experience primarily by working with schools and nonprofits for the past 21 years. After initially teaching middle and high school English and creative writing, Charis began to develop curricula and publish articles related to social justice, ethics, human development, community involvement, and experiential education. She has received national recognition for her work in those fields as well as for her community-based work with American teens and Tibetan refugees in Central Asia. Charis has taught human development at Marin Academy for nine years. She also runs Prajna Consulting.

 

Children are our most valuable natural resource – Herbert Hoover

Family is the soil in which we grow the next generation