Webb Alumna, Vanderbilt Special Education Professor Mary Louise Hemmeter ’80 Leads Sesame Worksop Study
Webb School alumna, Mary Louise Hemmeter ’80, a professor of special education at Vanderbilt University, was part of a team of professors and scientist that received a $7.5 million grant to fund early childhood research projects in Kansas City, Kan., and Nashville, Tenn.
Part of that funding includes a $100,000 grant from Sesame Workshop in support of a study by researchers at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development, measuring the effects of watching Sesame Street on young children’s understanding of kindness and emotions.
Hemmeter, one of the developers of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children – an evidence based model for use in early childhood classrooms – is leading the study. “Developing positive social relationships and communicating emotions effectively is important to a child’s success in school and life. I can’t think of a better way to start than learning to be kind to others,” Hemmeter said in an article posted on Vanderbilt University’s website.