LIVE STREAM: First Things First! Creating the New American Primary School


It is time to shake up the paradigm of children’s first experiences with public education. Join us for a discussion with Ruby Takanishi, former president of the Foundation for Child Development and a senior research fellow at New America, about the urgency of rethinking the way primary education is organized in the United States. We’ll probe the findings from her new book, First Things First! Creating the New American Primary School, and delve into the implications for educators and education leaders who are implementing reforms in their own schools.


Lisa Guernsey
Deputy Director, Education Policy Program, New America

Laura Bornfreund
Director, Early and Elementary Education Policy Program, New America
Panel Discussion

Ruby Takanishi
Author, First Things First! Creating the New American Primary School

Susan B. Choplin
Kindergarten Demonstration Classroom Teacher
Walkertown Elementary School in Forsyth County, N.C.

Steve Oates
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Administration (retired)
Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools in N.C.
Consultant to the National Institute for School Leadership

Kristie Kauerz
Director, National P-3 Center
University of Washington

Lillian Mongeau
EngageEngagement Editor and West Coast Correspondent, The Hechinger Report


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