Creating the New American Primary School

Thursday, September 8, First Things First!:  Creating the New American Primary School  

In just a few weeks, schoolchildren around the country will be back in their classrooms, sitting at desks with their pencil boxes. It is a scene that has barely budged for nearly 100 years. Despite major changes across society-such as our diversifying demographics, the harried nature of parents' work lives, and a growing recognition that success derives from much more than rote learning-elementary school hasn't kept up. Meanwhile, achievement gaps have widened, and large percentages of young children are labeled as underperformers as they enter the schoolhouse doors.

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.

Opening Remarks: 

Lisa Guernsey, Deputy Director, New America
Laura Bornfreund Director, Early and Elementary Education Policy, New America
Panel Discussion
Ruby Takanishi, author, First Things First!, Senior Research Fellow, New America
Susan B. Choplin, Kindergarten Demonstration Classroom Teacher, Forsyth County, North Carolina
Steve Oates, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Administration (retired), Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools  

To be held from 5 to 7 PM EDT at New America, 740 15th Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC  


Washington D.C.
Event Time: 
September 2016