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Public Lecture on 'Early Education'

Tim Penny to give free public talk at MSU Mankato

Former U.S. Rep. Tim Penny will discuss the role that social and emotional abilities play in children’s school success.

2012-02-09

 

Former U.S. Rep. Tim Penny will discuss the role that social and emotional abilities play in children’s school success in talks at Minnesota State Mankato Thursday, Feb. 9.

Penny will give a free, public lecture, “Investing in Early Education,” Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Morris Hall 206.

Earlier in the afternoon he’ll talk about the importance of early learning programs with students in Prof. Emily Stark’s Honors Seminar on Research Methods. The course requires students to conduct hands-on learning and research in an effort to create more effective early-learning programs at local elementary schools.

“We are proud to work with the College of Education to host Congressman Penny’s visit to Minnesota State Mankato,” said Chris Corley, the university’s Honors Program director. “Our honors students are working with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, and they will be excited to hear from Congressman Penny as they take what they’ve learned in the classroom and use it to help local children and families.”

Penny, president and CEO of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation since 2007, is a passionate advocate for early-learning programs. Numerous studies show that early social and emotional development is a foundation for children’s life-long learning.

He has extensive experience in childhood education, including workforce development, early childhood development and economic development. His talks will explain how the Initiative Foundation invests in programs that measure and develop abilities in pre-kindergarten children.

Those who want more information about the events may contact the Minnesota State Mankato Honors Office at (507) 389-5191 or email Corley at christopher.corley@mnsu.edu.

 

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