Child Development Institute

Leading expert in early childhood development Patricia Ramsey, EdD, will deliver a talk entitled, "Teaching and Learning in a Diverse and Inequitable World," the 2012 Thomas H. Wright Lecture, at Sarah Lawrence College, Monday, July 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center auditorium. Presented by the College’s Child Development Institute, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Child Development Institute site or call (914) 395-2630.

Dr. Ramsey’s expertise includes social development, early attitude development, and multicultural education for young children. She is currently a professor of psychology and education at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and previously headed that college's Gorse Child Study Center for 20 years. Throughout her career, Dr. Ramsey has served as a consultant for various preschools and school systems and has authored numerous publications including What If All the Kids Are White? Engaging White Children and Teachers in Multicultural Education; Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World; and Multicultural Education: A Resource Book.

The lecture, inaugurated in 1995, honors former Sarah Lawrence Trustee Thomas H. Wright's dedication to the College and his long service on the Board.

The Child Development Institute was established in 1987 to develop programs for early childhood and elementary school teachers, administrators, child development professionals, and the community at large. The Institute takes a progressive perspective in which the child is viewed as an individual in the social context and education is broadly conceived as an opportunity for nurturing humanistic social values and awareness of the world, as well as social, emotional, imaginative, and intellectual development.