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YCSC Grand Rounds: The Politicization of Prevention Science and Our Responsibility to Advance the Science of Learning and Development

Yale Child Study Center

Session Description

There has never been more urgency to support the academic, social, and emotional health of children and adolescents in the United States (US). Despite the robust research evidence for universal prevention science practices and multi tiered systems of support, the discourse of the science of learning and development is situated within the politics and power of the US education system, wherein significant disparities in student experiences of social and emotional learning and their academic, social, and emotional outcomes persist.

Further, an increasingly polarized socio-political climate is diminishing the public's confidence in science and in some cases, producing misinformation that contributes to exclusionary and inequitable educational experiences or policies for some students, schools, and families. Improving the conditions for student learning and thriving in the US requires immediate, intentional, and preventative action that advances equity for with and through the science of learning and development. The learning objectives for this session are for participants be able to:

  1. Articulate operational definitions of equity, inclusion, and marginalization in the context of prevention science research and practices.
  2. Explain the intersection of politics and the science of learning and development.
  3. Identify critical opportunities and corresponding strategies for advancing equity for, with, and through the science of learning and development.

    This will be a hybrid session, held live and in person from the Cohen Auditorium and simulcast via Zoom.

    Continuing Education

    The 2023-2024 YCSC Grand Rounds series has been approved for eligibility for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Yale School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Individual event designation details are provided at applicable live events.

    This program has been approved for one Continuing Education Credit Hour by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist, Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychologist Licensure renewal. Additional information will be provided at the live event.




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    Grand Rounds
    May 202428Tuesday