Dr. James Comer Discusses Promising Practices

March 21, 2007

Dr. James P. Comer, M.D., M.P.H., of the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, will present “Promising Practices: What works and why?” on March 21 as part of the Wheelock College Policy Talks series on preventing the achievement gap.

There have been many academic, social and political efforts over the last decade in response to the growing achievement gap. Some of these efforts have been tailored specifically to disadvantaged children and families, low income children and families, and children and families of color. Dr. Comer will share with the audience the most promising practices implemented to date and engage in a dialogue with a community respondent panel.

Dr. Comer has been a Yale medical faculty member since 1968. During these years, he has concentrated his career on promoting a focus on child development as a way of improving schools. His efforts in support of healthy development of young people are known internationally.

Dr. Comer, perhaps, is best known for the founding of the Comer School Development Program in 1968, which promotes the collaboration of parents, educators, and community to improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes for children that, in turn, helps them achieve greater school success. His concept of teamwork has improved the educational environment in more than 500 schools throughout America.

This event will take place at 4 p.m. at the Brookline campus, located at 43 Hawes Street. For more information please visit testweb.wheelock.edu/policytalks/ or contact Ronette Lyle at rlyle@wheelock.edu.

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