Policy Briefing Highlights Two-Generation Initiatives

Policy Briefing Highlights Two-Generation Initiatives

SESP faculty members Lindsay Chase-Lansdale and Mesmin Destin will share their insights on two-generation education initiatives at an April 16 policy briefing called “Two Generations, One Future.” The Institute for Policy Research is hosting the event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School.

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

Two-generation programs provide job training to parents while their children participate in high-quality early childhood education programs. This approach is gaining momentum across the country as evidence mounts that it is effective for reducing poverty and advancing life outcomes.

Professor Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, with IPR senior research scientist Teresa Eckrich Sommer, will highlight their leading-edge research through a presentation called “Two-Generation Solutions: Evidence from the Field.” She has evaluated a pioneering two-generation program in Omaha and recently launched research on a pilot two-generation program in Evanston.

Chase-Lansdale specializes in multidisciplinary research on social issues and how they affect families and the development of children and adolescents. Chase-Lansdale is a fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Ascend program, which supports breakthrough ideas and collaborations to move children and parents toward educational success and economic security.

Mesmin Destin

Destin, an assistant professor of human development and social policy and of psychology, will discuss “Children’s Savings Accounts to Brighten Outlooks Toward the Future.” Destin’s research centers on understanding societal issues and trends, including socioeconomic disparities in educational attainment, from a psychological perspective. 

Also speaking at the event is Sara Goldrick-Rab, associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her topic will be "Paying It Forward: Student-Parents and Their Pathways to College Degrees." SESP professor and IPR director David Figlio will serve as moderator of the panel. 

Registration is required by April 11. Dinner will be served. 

The School of Education and Social Policy is a co-sponsor of the April 16 policy briefing.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/25/14