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Sandra Moran

Major: Psychology
Topic: Early School Success in Homeless Children: What skills are crucial for academic achievement?
Faculty Mentor:

Dr. David Steele

Homeless and other highly disadvantaged children have a high risk for poor school adjustment, and many may enter kindergarten without requisite skills for success, including self-regulation skills. We worked with 138 children about to enter kindergarten or first grade living in emergency shelters for homeless families in the Twin Cities area. This research with a neglected segment of children and families has the potential to inform prevention and school readiness programs.

Favorite part of the project:

Having hands-on experience with this population and learning that making community changes can improve a child's education. I was also able to present this research at a conference in California!