Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) was launched in 2011 to educate large-scale audiences on the latest early childhood development research and best practices. The Series is the first of its kind in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Series is intended to deepen awareness and understanding of early childhood development by providing essential tools, tactics and methods of providing high-quality pre-K education and services. Research-based presentations engage nationally-recognized speakers and scholars to address and discuss what it takes for all prekindergarten children to be successful in kindergarten and first grade, regardless of their socio-economic and racial backgrounds. DSS is sponsored by many local ADF partners with the title sponsor being ExxonMobil.


2014 Distinguished Speaker Series

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Screen Time:  How Electronic Media--from Baby Videos to Educational Software--Affects Your Young Child

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel

4-6 pm

Distinguished Speaker: Lisa Guernsey

Director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation

Pre-register here: https://app.e2ma.net/app2/survey/13962/213043219/dc9c5e7211/


High Impact Strategies to Improve Student Achievement: 

Engaging Families and the Community in Early Childhood Programs

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Location: L'Auberge Baton Rouge

4-6 pm

Distinguished Speaker: Anne Henderson

Senior Fellow, Community Involvement Program, Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Watch the presentation here:

Part 1

Part 2


Securing the Economic Benefits from Early Education

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel

4-6 pm

Distinguished Speaker: Steven Barnett, Ph.D.

Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University

Watch the presentation here:

Part 1

Part 2


 For our 2013 Series, click here.




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