Distinguished Educational Research Lecture Series
Doing Science, Doing Good!
50 Years of Research at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
Dr. Charles Greenwood and Dr. Judith Carta
Juniper Gardens Children's Project, Kansas City, Kansas
Juniper Gardens Children's Project is a University of Kansas research center based in Kansas City, Kansas. The center engages in a range of research that focuses on improving child and student outcomes, including: improving learning and development in young children; promoting social, behavioral and academic school success; developing advanced measurement systems to inform and improve practice; advancing autism research to improve practice and outcomes; and building capacity to implement evidence-based practices.
Dr. Charles Greenwood
Senior Scientist and Professor of Applied Behavioral Sciences
University of Kansas
Former Director, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
Applied Behavioral Science and Life Span Institute
Dr. Charles Greenwood has been teaching and conducting research with children, youth, and families in at risk communities since 1978. He is a PhD graduate of the University of Utah. He has served as PI or Co-PI on multiple research grants from the NIH, HRSA, and USDE with published research related to infant/toddler/preschool measurement focused on bridging the word gap, progress monitoring of the effects of interventions for language, early literacy, and social well-being. A former collaborator of Hart & Risley, he directed the school-based research program in their NICHHD Program Project, and also participated in the school-based follow-up of their sample in the discovery of the 30 Million Word Gap. He was fortunate to lead the first community-based trial of the LENA technology for automated detection of young children's home language environments. His current work is focused on improving preschool literacy outcomes in programs serving low-SES children and methods for determining why certain children are not responding well to current instruction. He has broad research methodology interests including single case research designs and randomized control trials, multilevel and growth curve analyses (univariate and latent models), and event-level conditional probability analysis. He led development of the current multilevel prevention-intervention pilot study plan for the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network. He has mentored over 60 post-doctoral associates, many now contributing scientists and field leaders. He is on the scientific advisory board of the LENA Research Foundation, and is a founding board member of the Children’s Campus of Kansas City, a community-wide collaborative project in Metro Kansas City.
→ Dr. Greenwood's CV (PDF)
Dr. Judith Carta
Senior Scientist and Professor of Special Education
University of Kansas
Interim Director, Juniper Gardens Children’s Project
Director, Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
Dr. Judith Carta is a Senior Scientist in the Institute for Life Span Studies, Professor of Special Education, and the Interim Director of the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas. Her science focuses on developing strategies to minimize the effects of poverty on children’s outcomes and developing practices that teachers and parents can use to promote children’s early learning particularly in vulnerable populations. Her key research and policy interests include advancing the quality of children’s caregiving environments, methods for monitoring the progress of young children, and strategies for promoting family engagement in early intervention programs. She has been the PI of several multi-site research projects and centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Educational Sciences, and the Administration on Children and Families. She is currently the director and PI of the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network, a national collaborative of over 150 researchers, program implementers, civic leaders and policymakers seeking to find better ways to enhance young children’s language learning environments. She was a member of the Federal Advisory Panel on Head Start Research and Evaluation, Division of Early Childhood’s Commission on Recommended Practices, and served as the Editor of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education as well as the boards of numerous scientific journals.
→ Dr. Carta's CV (PDF)
About the Lecture Series
In 2013, the College of Education received an award from the President and Provost Academic Excellence Funding to initiate a Distinguished Educational Research Lecture Series as part of the Faculty Mentoring Program in our college. The lecture series brings outstanding education research scholars to meet with faculty and students and to speak about their research. The goals were to provide an outstanding academic role model for junior faculty and graduate students, to promote advanced research dialogue among faculty and graduate students, and to accelerate the development of academic research networks.
In the fall, the COE mentoring committee (a standing subcommittee in the College, with a member from each department and chaired by the Associate Dean who is also the Director of the Faculty Mentoring Program) solicits recommendations for a guest scholar for the lecture. The committee makes recommendations to the Dean and the Administrative Council and a scholar is chosen.