Shannon Beth Wanless
Faculty - Director of Office of Child Development

All of my work focuses on the intersection between research and practice, with a focus on helping young children thrive. My lab focuses on social justice, following community & family voice, social-emotional learning, and increasing teacher capacity to be change agents and to help children of all races and cultural backgrounds to learn and grow.

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School Affiliations

Recent Grants

Cary, M.S. (2017-2021). Evaluation of the KinderTEK iPad Math Program. U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Educational Sciences, Washington, D.C.
Remake Learning, Pittsburgh, PA Igniting Racial Equity in Allegheny County's Out-of-School Literacy Ecosystem May 2020 - April 2021 Total Funding: $5,000 PI: Meghan Orman* Team: The 3Rs Community Strand of The Pittsburgh Study
The Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA The Greater Pittsburgh Education Leaders Academy (PELA): Infusing Educational Ecosystems with Culturally Responsive SEL Leadership May 2020-April 2021 Total Funding: $40,000 Co-PIs: Tina Raspanti, Shannon Wanless, Michelle King
The Grable Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA Western PA Early Childhood Education Collaborative Total Funding: $25,000 PI: Colleen Young Team: Billie Rondinelli, Bart Rocco, Jerry Longo, Shannon Wanless
Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. Early Head Start Home Visiting Program 2019-2020 Total Funding: $4,319,152 PI: Shannon Wanless Team: Family Foundations, Directed by Chris Dunkerley
Wanless, S.B. (2019). My Racial Journey. Open Access Education Resources Award, Provost's Office, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Recent Publications

Neitzel, J., Nemeth, K., & Wanless, S.B. in Collaboration with Iruka, I.U. (2021). Looking inward: Reflections from early education professionals on their journey to reduce bias and racism. Chapter under publication in Equity book published by NAEYC.
Zinsser, K.M. & Wanless, S.B. (2020). Racial disproportionality in the school-to-prison pipeline. In M.C. Stevenson, B.L. Bottoms, & K.C. Burke (Eds.), The legacy of racism for children: Psychology, law, and public policy (pp. 129-150). New York, NY: Oxford.
Wanless, S.B., Crawford, P.A. with Friedman, S. (2020). Books that support diversity, conversations, and play. In S. Friedman & A. Mwenelupembe (Eds.), Each and every child: Teaching preschool with an equity lens. Washington, D.C.: NAEYC.
White, A. & Wanless, S.B. (2019). P.R.I.D.E.: Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education, Journal of Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership in Education, 4(2), 73-84.
Wanless, S.B., Cornell, D., Davis, D. (2019). Emotional and physical safety. In D. Osher, M. Mayer, T. Osher, R. Jagers, & K. Kendziora (Eds.), Keeping students safe and helping them thrive: A collaborative handbook for education, mental health, child welfare, safety, and justice professionals, families, and communities: Vol. 1. (Chapter 8). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Miller, J., Wanless, S.B., & Weissberg, R. (2018). Essential connections between parenting and social and emotional learning: Parenting for competence and parenting with competence. The School-Community Journal, 28(2), 9-28.
Shannon Beth Wanless


University of Pittsburgh
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230 South Bouquet Street
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