Could the recent attention to the “30 Million Word Gap,” by Hillary Clinton, The New York Times, the Bloomberg Foundation, and others, including the Shanker Institute, represent one such opportunity? Could a focus on oral language development and a systematic, developmentally-appropriate approach to building background knowledge in the early years be the key to moving the nation closer to the goals of the Common Core?
Susan Neuman, Professor of Early Childhood & Literacy Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development; former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary & Secondary Education, US DoE. Slides
Joan Almon, Founding Director, U.S. Alliance for Childhood. Slides
Barbara Bowman, Cofounder and Interim President of External Affairs, Erikson Institute; former Chief Early Childhood Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools. Slides
Helen Blank, Director of Childcare and Early Learning, National Women’s Law Center. (Moderator)
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