Expanding on the Science: An Hour with Dr. Jack Shonkoff


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Expanding on the Science:  An Hour with Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT

This webinar is the second in a series of two webinars that will offer Early Learning Fellows an exchange of ideas and solutions related to early learning, and provide them with practical policy information they can use in their states. Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff  spoke at NCSL’s Legislative Summit about understanding the lifelong consequences of adversity early in life and the importance of building special skills for adults who care for young children, which can lead to greater health, learning and economic self-sufficiency. In this webinar, Dr. Shonkoff  offers highlights and some of the takeaways from his presentation. An interactive question-and-answer period follows. This webinar will also build on the brain science heard throughout the year.

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  • Robyn Lipkowitz, program director, NCSL
  • Julie Poppe, program manager, NCSL


  • Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
  • Representative Suzanne Crouch, Indiana

Webinar Agenda

2-2:10 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks, Introductions
  • Moderator:  Robyn Lipkowitz, NCSL & Julie Poppe, NCSL

2:10-2:45 p.m.


2:45-3 p.m. Questions, Discussion and Final Thoughts

Speaker Biographies

Jack Shonkoff

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. He currently serves as chair of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, a multi-university collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, psychology, pediatrics, and economics, whose mission is to bring credible science to bear on public policy affecting young children. In 2011, Dr. Shonkoff launched Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-sectoral collaboration among researchers, practitioners, policymakers, investors, and experts in systems change who are committed to developing more effective intervention strategies to catalyze breakthrough impacts on the development and health of young children and families experiencing significant adversity.

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University, medical education at New York University School of Medicine, pediatric training at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship in developmental pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital in Boston. He has been a visiting professor or delivered named lectureships at more than 30 universities in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Prior to assuming his current position, he was the Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Dean of The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D. is also one of the Early Learning Fellows program faculty members.

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