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Reclaiming Childhood and Restoring Teacher Voice in the Age of Standards-Based Accountability

The ECE contingent at the NPE conference was small, but vociferous. One of the sessions, which I moderated and Susan DuFresne filmed live on her smartphone, was amazing. Bianca Tanis, Michelle Gunderson, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, and Denisha Jones (left to right after me in photo) weighed in on the challenges in their cities and states and strategies for making change. View Session →



As preschool continues to gain traction across the country, benchmarks, testing, rote learning, and days without play are transforming our children into joyless drones  . . . Read More →

Squandering America’s Future

by Susan Ochshorn
Squandering America's Future by Susan OchshornDiane Ravitch called Susan Ochshorn “a tireless advocate for children,” and her writing “brilliant.” In Squandering America’s Future – Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children (Teachers College Press), Ochshorn offers a pioneering guide to the big issues in contemporary early childhood policy. Written in a lively, personal style, the book drives home the importance of the earliest years for developing human capital—the nation’s future. Her “policy tales” highlight the abject failure of the United States to support parents and early educators, the nation’s real wealth producers, and will inspire a new generation of leadership. With her 360-degree view on this urgent issue, Ochshorn boldly and clearly shows how early care and education is an issue of social justice and helping America compete on the world stage. Learn More →

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