Conversations on Early Childhood is an exciting series providing new and interesting perspectives on early childhood policy issues facing Georgia and the nation.

Through this series, GEEARS hopes to foster deep and deliberative discussions of the issues among academics, policymakers, advocates, civic leaders, providers and the business community. Our goal is to promote the development of policies and practices that will enhance the development and well-being of Georgia’s children.

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Past Events

“Understanding and Supporting the Early Language and Literacy Development of English / Dual Language Learners”

MARCH 11, 2015

Dr. Linda Espinosa.

Challenging Common Myths about Dual Language Learners (PDF)

Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners (PDF)

Dr. Espinosa’s Presentation (PPT)

“Pay for Success”

MARCH 9, 2016

Panel featuring Joe Waters (Institute for Child Success), Jeff Schoenberg (J.B. & M.K. Pritzker Foundation), Chris Bishop (Nurse-Family Partnership), Chris Ellis (United Way of Salt Lake), and Jen Lewis (Sonoma County Department of Health Services)

“The Economics of Early Childhood Education”

OCTOBER 22, 2015

Rob Grunewald of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

“The Transformative Power of Education”

JUNE 19, 2015

Wes Moore, the New York Times’ bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, led discussions in June on the power of education.  Moore offered new perspectives on educational issues that face academics, advocates, civic leaders, policy makers, and the business community and established the fundamental importance of education in the lives of children.

“How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character”

APRIL 22, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author, Paul Tough, joined GEEARS in April to discuss his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. In his presentation, Tough discussed the important role of skills such as perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control in readying children for adulthood. Tough interwove anecdotes with science to illustrate ways in which children need a balance of support and autonomy to build conscientiousness, persistence, and grit.