2017 LENA Early Language Conference
Combining Approaches to Boost Early Talk
On September 12 – 14, 2017, we convened experts in social change, education, healthcare, funding, and research at a multi-disciplinary conference in Beaver Creek, Colorado, to discuss early language development and our shared mission to close the achievement gap. Download the conference program.
Conference Summary: 5 “Wows” and 5 “Worries”
Three days of posters, presentations, and dialog generated many thoughts about our collective work to close the talk gap. It would take three days to do them all justice! To distill it down, we’ve shared five “Wows” (points of importance for policy and practice) and five “Worries” (challenges or concerns that must be addressed). Read more.
LENA Sparks! – Tiny Talks, Big Ideas
During Wednesday afternoon’s LENA Sparks! session,10 presenters shared big ideas in bite-sized presentations of six minutes each. We thank them for their hard work packing so much information into such a short amount of time. See a full list of presentations here.
Honoring Pioneers in Early Language
At the conference, we were pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Terry Paul “Making a Difference” awards. These awards recognize outstanding contributions to fostering talk with children birth-3 – the critical age for stimulating brain development through interactive talk.
In keeping with the “Paths to Opportunity” theme of the 2017 conference, this year’s recipients represent organizations addressing three different large-scale avenues for improving school readiness – parent group programs, home visitation, and early childhood education. Read about the recipients.
Download “Findings from the 2015 LENA Conference”
At the 2015 “Parents Have the Power” conference, the LENA Foundation brought together researchers and practitioners who seldom spend time in the same room. As presentations and discussions unfolded, five broad themes emerged around closing the “talk gap.”
Download the “Findings” paper to learn more.