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Kimberly Kopko received her PhD in Child Development from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University and joined the Department of Policy Analysis & Management in the College of Human Ecology after spending a year as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. Her research and Extension work examines parenting and child development. Specific research and outreach interests include: teens being raised by custodial grandparents, the use of research and evidence-based parent education programs to promote positive parenting behaviors and strengthen families, and adolescent development.
Editorial Comment: Although this article is aimed at parents, we asked for permission to reprint in Montessori Leadership because of the important research it contains. Montessori classes are generally far quieter than regular classes, and now we have the research that explains how beneficial that simple aspect really is. ornell University environmental and developmental psychologist […]