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CEHD: Fostering Health and Learning For a Lifetime

Thanks for reading Vision 2020. We started this blog in 2012 as a way of sharing our message, research and knowledge with the people of Minnesota. Three years later, it’s proved to be much bigger than that, earning tens of thousands of clicks per month from countries, governments and institutions as far away as India […]


How Does Child Maltreatment Affect Brain Development?

Child maltreatment can have a number of long-term effects on brain development. For the past three years, I’ve been working on a pilot study of this topic with one of the most respected researchers of child maltreatment, Dr. Dante Cicchetti of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development’s Institute of Child Development. […]


Multiple Pathways to Teacher Education and Licensure

There’s a lot of debate surrounding education in America. From testing to tenure, there is a wide spectrum of views on how best to improve our school system. It often seems that consensus is hard to find. However, there’s one thing people across the spectrum believe: we need to develop good teachers in many different […]


Working to Achieve Educational Equity With Social Class-Sensitive Education

In Minnesota and across the country, there is continuing concern about the opportunity gap and why some socioeconomic and racial groups are falling behind their peers in school. As one of the co-founders of the CLASSroom Project, conducted in cooperation between the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and my colleague […]


Changing The Culture of Medical Overuse to Reduce Health Care Spending

The debate over increased health care spending in America never ends. Whether it’s Medicare, the cost of prescription drugs or Affordable Care Act, health care spending is one of the most pressing issues facing our country. However, one important part of that debate is rarely discussed: the culture of medical overuse that’s deeply ingrained in […]