Teachers IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE
A Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development
Ready to Read, Ready to Learn: A Call to Leadership

Little Rock, Arkansas
April 30, 2002


Program and speaker biographies

Tuesday, April 30, 2002
1:30-4:30 p.m.

The Peabody Hotel
Grand Ballroom
Three Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas

MODERATOR
Raymond Simon
Director, Arkansas Department of Education

WELCOMING REMARKS AND INTRODUCTION
The Honorable Mike Huckabee
Governor, State of Arkansas

Laura Bush

Craig Ramey,Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Health Studies &
Founding Director of the Center for Health and Behavior
Georgetown University

Susan H. Landry, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Texas-Health Sciences Center at Houston

Reid Lyon, Ph.D.
Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health

PANEL OF EXPERTS

SUMMIT CONCLUDES

PRESENTERS

Craig Ramey, Ph. D., is a Distinguished Professor of Health Studies and Founding Director of the Center for Health and Behavior of Georgetown University. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ramey has conducted experimental research on ways to improve school readiness, and reading and math performance for children at risk for school difficulties. He is especially interested in seeing that scientific information about children and families is considered in the formulation and implementation of public policy.

Susan H. Landry, Ph. D., is a Developmental Psychologist and the Michael Matthew Knight Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas-Houston Health Sciences Center. She is also the Chief of the Division of Developmental Pediatrics and the Director of the Center for Improving the Readiness of Children for Learning and Education (CIRCLE).

Reid Lyon, Ph. D., is Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. He is responsible for the direction, development and management of research programs in developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral pediatrics, reading, human learning and learning disorders.

RECEPTION
4:30—5:30 p.m.

PARTICIPATING STATES

Arkansas,
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri,
Oklahoma, Tennessee,
and Texas

SPECIAL GUESTS

First Lady Janet Huckabee, Arkansas
First Lady Lori Siegelman, Alabama
First Lady Cathy Keating, Oklahoma

SPONSORS

Arkansas Economic Development Foundation
Affiliated Foods-Southwest, Inc.
SBC Southwestern Bell
Warren Stephens Family
Arkansas Electric Cooperatives


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