Expert comment: Back to School: K-12 Education Experts

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Adolescents: Peer and/or Parental Relationships

Dr. Vivian Seltzer is an expert in adolescent-related topics from behaviors to relationships with peers and parents to psychological growth.  Her research includes perceptions of intimacy among college freshmen and sophomores; national studies of adolescents' perceptions of their futures; and irregularities in adolescent development.  She can also discuss adolescent anger and violence.  

Dr. Vivian Seltzer is a professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/people/faculty/seltzer/

African-American Youth and Depression, Youth Violence

Dr. Howard Stevenson specializes in high-risk youth and aggressive behaviors.  He's the author of "Stickin' to, Watchin' over, & Getting' With: An African-American Parent's Guide to Discipline."  He's an expert in African-American psychology, at-risk youth and high-risk boys, family and parental engagement and racial integration and re-segregation.  Dr. Stevenson's research identifies cultural strengths within families and how they can help with the psychological adjustment of children and adolescents and the impact of sensitivity to rejection when it comes to preventing long-term anger and youth aggression.

Dr. Howard Stevenson is a psychologist and associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.   

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/stevenson.html

Autism

Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin is the director of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology, one of five centers designed to work collaboratively to understand autism, its causes and the reasons for its recent increase nationwide.  Her research focuses on the origins and long-term consequences of neo-natal brain injury in low birth-weight infants.   

Dr. Jennifer Pinto-Martin is a professor at the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/faculty/profile.asp?pid=81

Back-to-School Nutrition Tips

Dr. Stella Volpe can discuss nutritious lunches, better snacks, cafeteria portions and healthy weight loss.  She can also discuss body image and exercise topics.  

Dr. Stella Volpe is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist and an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/faculty/profile.asp?pid=1152

Bullies, Youth Aggression, Youth Violence

Dr. Duane Thomas is an expert in bullies, youth aggression and youth violence.  His areas of expertise include violence prevention, at-risk children and youth, the risk/protective factors for urban African-American children/youth and academic-community partnerships.  As a part of the newly established Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center, he studies which programs are most effective in preventing youth violence.  He identifies the early risk factors for the development of aggressive behavior problems in elementary school children and prevention efforts.

Dr. Duane Thomas is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/thomas.html

Cheating, Moral Education, School Rules and Discipline

Dr. Joan Goodman is an expert in moral education, cheating, school rules and discipline.  She can discuss fostering values and creating a moral identity in children.  Dr. Goodman examines school discipline and its moral underpinnings, or a lack thereof.  

Dr. Joan Goodman is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/goodman.html

HIV/AIDS Prevention - Adolescents

Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott is one of the nation's foremost researchers in  HIV/AIDS prevention among African-American adolescents.  Her studies and evidence-based interventions have been translated into programs used across the globe by community-based organizations and health clinics in high-risk urban areas. Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/faculty/profile.asp?pid=27

How to Identify an Abused Child

Dr. Richard Gelles is an expert in domestic, family and dating violence; child abuse and neglect; and child-welfare systems.  He is the author of the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and numerous books about intimate violence.  Dr. Gelles has been involved in the evaluation of state child-welfare systems across the nation and regularly consults with the Armed Forces about domestic violence.

Dr. Gelles is dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.

www.sp2.upenn.edu/people/faculty/gelles

Math-Related Topics, Urban Education, Parental Engagement

Dr. Jeannine Remillard is an expert in math - both teaching and learning - and a parent's role in encouraging math learning.  She can talk about math homework, teaching math in bilingual and bi-cultural classrooms, mathematics curriculum, standards-based school reform as it relates to math and urban education.

Dr. Remillard is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/remillard.html

Measuring Children, Childhood Obesity and Diabetes

Dr. Terri Lipman is an expert in measuring children.  She found that two out of three doctors mis-measure children by approximately 1/4 of an inch.  Inaccurate measurements, she found, can hide serious conditions, such as hormone deficiencies or kidney disorders.  Dr. Lipman developed and maintains the only registry of pediatric Type 1 diabetes in Philadelphia and has shown a high incidence of Type 1 diabetes among African-American and Latino children.  She can discuss measuring children, how important accuracy is in measuring children and diabetes as it relates to childhood obesity.

Dr. Lipman is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/faculty/profile.asp?pid=48

Money as Incentives for Good Grades, Children and Racism, Environment and Education

Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer is an expert in a the role a child's environment plays on education, using money as incentives for good grades, child resilience and how African-American children see themselves.  She can also discuss how children deal with race and racism in life and in school. Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/spencer.html

National Center of Fathers and Families, Desegregation, Minority Education

Dr. Vivian Gadsden is the director of the National Center on Fathers and Families at Penn, the associate director of the National Center on Adult Literacy at Penn and an expert in desegregation cases and minority education.  Her areas of expertise include literacy and at-risk youth; fathers and families; intergenerational communication and learning; and parental engagement.

Dr. Vivian Gadsden is and a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/gadsden.html

No Child Left Behind, Education Policies, Standardized Tests

Dr. Andrew Porter is an expert in educational policies, such as No Child Left Behind; standardized testing; the achievement gap; and psychometrics. Dr. Andrew Porter is dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/porter.html 

Overloaded Schedules, Homework, Race in the Classroom

Dr. Kathy Schultz can talk about race with teachers and students.  She can discuss homework and children with overloaded schedules, as well as the basic issues of teaching and learning.  Her areas of expertise include teacher education and professional development; literacy teaching and learning; urban education; and gender and education.

Dr. Kathy Schultz is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.   

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/schultz.html

Reading

Dr. Larry Sipe is an expert in reading, early childhood education and literature written for children and adolescents, as well as early childhood education and literacy development.  His research focuses on the ways children talk about and respond to books in the classroom and their developing literary understanding.  His special interests are in picture books and the ways young children interact and create meaning with them; how culture, ethnicity and gender are related to children's literary responses; and the ways in which literature for children reflects or subverts cultural norms.

Dr. Larry Sipe is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/sipe.html

Same-Sex Classrooms, Schooling

Dr. Peter Kuriloff is an expert in gender dynamics and education, group dynamics and learning and emotional development.  He can discuss the educational environment in same-sex classrooms and private schools and their role in affluent communities.  He has studied learning and teaching in small groups; legal reform on educational practices; parent-child communications about human sexuality; and the organizational and educational consequences of parental involvement in public schools.  He has researched the impact of various perspectives of masculinity and how it affects boys' learning and emotional development.  He's the research director for the Center for Study of Boys' Lives.

Dr. Peter Kuriloff is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/kuriloff.html

Teacher Workforce Issues: Quality, Turnover, Shortages

Dr. Richard Ingersoll is a nationally known expert in teacher quality, qualifications, turnover rates and shortages.  He can discuss issues related to the teaching workforce and teaching as a profession.

Dr. Richard Ingersoll is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.gse.upenn.edu/faculty/ingersoll.html

Teen Parenting, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Dr. Ann O'Sullivan is an authority on teen parenting and teen pregnancy prevention.  She has studied the special needs of teen mothers and their young children in order to enhance the teens' ability to care for themselves and therr child(en, to return to school and to balance the roles of student and mother.  Dr. Ann O'Sullivan  is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  

http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/faculty/profile.asp?pid=75