Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Dale Walker

Associate Research Professor
Primary office:
Phone: (913) 321-3143, ext. 2602
Life Span Institute
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914


Summary

Research

  • Evidence-based naturalistic language practices for promoting the communication of infants and toddlers.
  • Intervention with child care providers, teachers and parents to bridge the word gap.
  • Progress monitoring assessment and observation practices with infants and young children.
  • Measuring fidelity of intervention implementation.

Selected Grants

Ongoing Research Support
  1. UA6MC27762 - Carta, (PI), Greenwood, C. (CoPI), and Walker, D. (CoPI) - 09/01/14-08/31/16 - Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
  2. H327S140024 - Buzhardt (PI), Greenwood, C. (CoPI), and Walker, D. (CoPI) - 09-01/14-08/31/19 - Stepping Up - Implementation of IGDI technology to improve data-based decision making for infants and toddlers with or at-risk disabilities. Website
  3. H326M070005 - Walker (PI) Atwater and Bigelow (CoPI's) - 01/01/08-12/31/12 - Center for Promoting Language & Literacy Readiness in Early Childhood
  4. United Way of Wyandotte County (KCCTF) - Walker (PI) - 01/01/12-12/31/12 -Talk, Read, Play: Impact of a Collaborative Informational Campaign - website
  5. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (HRSA) - Walker (CoPI)  Bigelow (PI) - 09/30/11-09/29/15 - Kansas Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program
  6. R62MC24946 - Walker (CoPI) Bigelow (PI) - 09/01/12-08/31/15 - Project Engage: Building Parents’ Capacity to Improve Child Language Outcomes
  7.  Walker (PI) Buzhardt (CoPI) - Developing and Testing a Model for the Use of Meaningful Outcome Measures for Infants and Toddlers - Website

What's New
Job Opportunities
  • Lead Application Developer/Research Engineer: We are seeking a full-stack Application Developer to lead development of single-page web applications, as well as maintain, troubleshoot and improve applications already in production. Existing applications at JGCP include learning management systems, web apps that help manage and report child outcomes to guide teacher’s instructional decisions, and mobile apps to support parent-teacher communication and student self-management. As a member of JGCP’s Technology Innovation, Development & Research (TIDR) lab, the developer will gain experience across multiple research projects. Review of applications will begin Sept 18, 2018 and continue until position is filled. For more information and how to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Postdoctoral Researchers (Early Intervention): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting 2 postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in designing, implementing and disseminating research carried out while developing evidence-based practices with community partners focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship. Postdoctoral researchers will learn and develop new advances in the prevention and intervention of learning and behavior problems in young children. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Student Hourly (Data Collectors): Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, a community-based research institute affiliated with the University of Kansas, is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking 4-10 student hourly employees who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. For more information and to apply online, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Graduate Research Assistant: The Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP: www.jgcp.ku.edu) is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at 50% – 75% FTE. The GRA would join a research team that is developing and testing technology to promote data-driven intervention decision making practices by practitioners serving infants and toddlers with or at-risk for disabilities. These decision-making practices are informed by practitioners use of Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for Infants and Toddlers (www.igdi.ku.edu).For information and to apply, click hereKU is an EO/AAE
  • Assistant/Associate Research Professor - Statistician: The KU Life Span Institute at Juniper Gardens is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Research Professor with statistical skills to work in a team environment on a range of educational and applied research projects. For more information and to apply, click here.  KU is an EO/AAE
 
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RT @AZFTF : New research says how much you talk with babies is linked to their IQ in adolescence https://t.co/2Q44oOGGZz via @LENAEarlyTalk