School psychology doctoral student Chloe Beacham was recently named a Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Emerging Scholar for 2022-2023.
She is one of four emerging scholars selected to participate in the cutting-edge work of the BWG Network, which seeks to advance the science of intervention around reducing the gap in language exposure commonly experienced by young children from underserved groups.
The BWG Emerging Scholars Program is a mentorship program designed to improve the ability of emerging scholars to launch productive careers focused on research that will contribute to understanding the word gap, and developing interventions to reduce the gap by promoting children’s language development and enriching their language learning environments.
The Bridging the Word Gap (BWG) Research Network is a national collaboration of research experts, policymakers, early educators, civic leaders, program directors and funders supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)/Maternal and Child Health Bureau to identify effective intervention practices for promoting children’s language development and improving outcomes for children from underserved groups.
An important aim of the BWG Research Network is providing mentorship for promising early-career researchers who are interested in developing a program of research to address the word gap.