Early Childhood Education

Meaningful Differences

While controversy persists over the nature of intelligence and the education gap between poor and affluent children, Meaningful Differences refocuses the debate with incredible findings. This remarkable work establishes a scientifically substantiated link between children's early family experience and their later intellectual growth -- a link that exists regardless of a child's race

Todd Risley

Todd Risley worked with Montrose Wolf and invented "Timeouts" something that every parent knows and respects. Click the link below to download the memorial article that Todd Risley wrote about Montrose Wolf's life work.

Press to download Montrose Wolf life's work articleEarly_Childhood_files/jaba-Montrose%20Wolf.pdf
Press to download Betty Hart's and Todd Risley's current thoughtsEarly_Childhood_files/Todd%20Risley.pdf
Press to download a guide to helping people understand the issueEarly_Childhood_files/Tracking%20the%20lives.pdf
Todd Risley
Why they made the study and what they foundEarly_Childhood_files/Todd%20Risley%20.mp3.zip

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Todd Risley, noted researcher was one of the team that named “time outs”, a tool that parents have been employing as a technique to help them retain their sanity as their children grow. Todd’s major work, along with researcher Betty Hart, was a study that showed convincingly that the more a parent talks to their child, between birth and age three, the larger the child’s vocabulary, and the higher the child’s IQ. Start behind, stay behind. 

I recently learned of Todd’s passing in December 2008. As we remember the contributions of Todd I am broadcasting my interview with Todd from December 2006. The interview was conducted while Todd was home in his beloved Alaska. Todd told me he was at the end of the power grid, that after his house, technology ended. He was not far from being correct. The phone call dropped ten times during the interview and we had to pick up context and continuity on the fly. In the process I learned about his research, his misconceptions about Head Start, and the warmth and good nature of the man himself. Although the man is gone, his research, if implemented, will help scores of children to have better lives. Thank you Todd.
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Todd Risley
InterviewEarly_Childhood_files/Todd%20Risley.zip