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Academic Distinction Fund Distinguished Speaker Series To Feature Expert on Impact of Technology on Young Children; Thursday, September 18, at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE – The Academic Distinction Fund (ADF) will host an expert on technology in relation to early childhood education at its upcoming Distinguished Speaker Series. The free community event will feature Lisa Guernsey, author, journalist, and early education advocate, speaking about the science of technology and its effect on children’s learning.

The lecture is open to teachers, parents, child care educators, business leaders, school administrators, and others interested in the impact of the use of technology on early childhood education.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4728 Constitution Ave. The presentation, “Learning to Read in the Digital Age,” is supported by Guernsey’s extensive research in the areas of screen time and early childhood education. The presentation will also feature a preview of Guernsey’s newest project that examines how parents, teachers and literacy experts are rethinking technology to help children learn to read in a digital age.

Guernsey’s most recent publications include a book titled Screen Time: How Electronic Media From Baby Videos to Educational Software - Affects Your Young Child, and an article about eBooks in the School Library Journal, which won an Eddie award in 2012 (Basic Books, 2012).

Guernsey is a journalist by training. She writes articles on technology and education for The New York Times and the Chronicle for Higher Education as well as several other national publications including Newsweek, Time, USA Today, and The Washington Post. Guernsey also occasionally blogs at the Huffington Post and is active on Twitter (@LisaGuernsey).

Serving as the Director of the New America Foundation’s Early Education Initiative, Guernsey specializes in elevating dialogue about early education in part by editing the Early Education Watch blog, and looking for new ways to help high-risk children succeed.

ADF is a major collaborator among schools, businesses and the community and acts as a catalyst for private sector leadership in advancing public education in East Baton Rouge Public School System (EBRPSS).

The ADF Distinguished Speaker Series offers research-based presentations by early childhood experts, providing critical information on the latest early childhood development research and best practices.  The first of its kind in East Baton Rouge Parish, the series addresses what it takes for young children to be successful in kindergarten and first grade, regardless of their socio-economic and racial backgrounds.  The series is directed to education stakeholders, non-profit organizations, public officials, East Baton Rouge Parish teachers, pre-K providers and administrators, parents and families, and corporate leaders who ultimately impact all young children in Louisiana.

Funding for ADF Distinguished Speaker Series comes from ADF and ExxonMobil. Additional sponsors include Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Foundation, the Boo Grigsby Foundation and Turner Industries. Planning partners include School Aids, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, School Aids, Family Behavioral Health Center, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the EBRPSS Title I Parental Involvement Office.

The program is free and open to the public. Check-in is from 4 to 4:30 p.m. and the presentation is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Please email abby.thevenot@adfbr.org or call 225.293.3345 to register for the free community education event.

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