Shannon Beth Wanless

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Shannon Beth Wanless

Shannon Beth Wanless

University of Pittsburgh
5809 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-624-6946

Faculty - Director

All of my work focuses on the intersection between scholarship and practice. The translation from research findings to implementation can raise new issues that require the expertise of practitioners and policy-makers to adapt and transform recommendations to be successful in real-world contexts serving a wide range of people. In return, it is necessary to gather this collective wisdom and bring it to researchers to inform future questions and study designs so they are increasingly relevant to practice. Applying this approach to a specific field of study, my research focuses on helping early childhood educators use social-emotional teaching practices to improve children's sense of psychological safety to learn at school. Specifically, my lab focuses on implementation science, social-emotional learning, and increasing teacher capacity to help children of all races and cultural backgrounds to engage in learning.

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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.
  • Wanless, S.B., White, A., Jackson, M, Mulvey, L. (2017-2020). A World of PRIDE (Positive Racial Identity Development in Early education) in Pittsburgh. Kellogg Foundation.
  • Ready Rosie, Denton, TX February 2018 - June 2019 Ready Rosie Evaluation Total Funding: $45,000 PI: Caitlin Spear Consultant: Shannon Wanless
  • Swartz, M., Li, J., Wanless, S.B., & Siefken, P. (2015-2018). Peg + Cat: Adventures in Learning. Advancing Informal STEM Learning, National Science Foundation.
  • Wanless, S.B. & Briggs, J.O. (2015-2017). Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Education. Central Research Development Fund, Provost's Office, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Briggs & Wanless, (2015-2017). Teachers' perceptions fo child behavior and relationships with students exposed to trauma. University of Pittsburgh, Faculty and Student Research Award.
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Recent Publications