Understanding the Achievement Gap

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Learn about how children who experience low amounts of interactive talk may start to fall behind academically from an early age, as the 30 million word gap becomes the achievement gap.

How to Recruit and Engage Families

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Ready to start recruiting? An effective recruitment strategy is at the core of your program’s success, and, ultimately, its impact on the community. But it’s often one of the hardest parts of program management. In this chapter of the LENA Start Implementation Guide, we’ve compiled best practices from our LENA Start sites around the country to help you get started connecting with families. Learn how to: Plan logistics to optimize family engagement Utilize community partners to spread the word about your program (and review our ideas list of organizations to connect with) Develop strategies for building effective long-term partnerships We created “How to Implement LENA Start” just for our LENA Start partners, but we’re making the chapter on recruitment available … Read More

Research

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RESEARCH To see examples of how LENA technology has advanced the following areas of research, simply click on a title to browse by subject area. For a complete listing, download the bibliographies of journal publications and LENA user research presentations. VanDam, M., Oller, D. K., Ambrose, S. E., Gray, S., Richards, J. A., Xu, D., . . . Moeller, M. P. (2015). Automated vocal analysis of children with hearing loss and their typical and atypical peers. Ear and Hearing, 36(4), e146-e152. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000138 Suskind, D. L., Leffel, K. R., Graf, E., Hernandez, M. W., Gunderson, E. A., Sapolich, S. G., . . . Levine, S. C. (2015). A parent-directed language intervention for children of low socioeconomic status: A randomized controlled … Read More