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Kennedy Center Lectures on Development and Developmental Disabilities (Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemorative Lecture): "A Promise to Keep: Educating Our Highest Risk Students"

Date: January 18, 2016

Time: 4:10PM to 5:10PM

Location: Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, 110 Magnolia Cir., Nashville, TN 37203

Event Flyer: Washington-MLK-flyer.pdf


A Promise to Keep: Educating Our Highest Risk Students

Julie Washington, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Psychology, Special Education, & Communication Disorders Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Georgia State University

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, 4:10-5:10 p.m.
Room 241, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/One Magnolia Circle Building

Julie A. Washington is a professor and the program director in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, Washington is an affiliate faculty of the Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy initiative and the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State. Her work focuses on understanding cultural dialect use in African American children with a specific emphasis on the impact of dialect on language assessment, literacy attainment and academic performance. Her work with preschoolers has focused on understanding and improving the emergent literacy skills necessary to support later reading proficiency in high-risk groups, with a special focus on the needs of children growing up in poverty in urban contexts. Currently, Washington is a principal investigator on the Georgia Language Disabilities Research Innovation Hub, funded by the National Institutes of Health – Eunice Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. This research hub is focused on improving early identification of reading disabilities in elementary school aged African American children, and includes a focus on children, their families, teachers and communities.

For more information, call (615) 322-8240.

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