Susan B. Neuman, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will speak at Teachers College on Wednesday, July 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 281 of Grace Dodge Hall, as part of the Seminar Series hosted by the Center for Children and Families' "Putting Children First" fellowship program. The event is open to the public.
Neuman heads the office of elementary and secondary education. She is working with states and communities to make President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education reform plan a reality. She is also helping to advance the President's initiative to teach every child to read by the end of third grade.
Before joining the Education Department, Neuman was a professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and director of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. Neuman also taught at Temple University where she was coordinator for the reading and language arts graduate program. Her areas of focus include beginning reading and writing, family literacy, and parent involvement.
Neuman's most recent books include the "Handbook of Early Literacy Research" (2001), "Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practice" (2000), "Children Achieving: Best Practices in Early Literacy" (1998), "Single-Subject Experimental Design: Applications for Literacy" (1995), "Literacy in the Television Age" (1995), and "Language and Literacy in Early Childhood" (1993). She is also the author of "Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Childhood," a recent study that uncovered the disparity in books for high and low-income children.
"Putting Children First" is a fellowship in family and child policy. Fellows, typically doctoral level students, come to New York for a hands-on experience in policy making by working in a city or state agency. In addition to their work, fellows also attend weekly seminars where they hear about the work of seasoned researchers and practitioners who have developed careers that integrate developmental research with policy-relevant activities.
The Center for Children and Families advances the policy, education, and development of children and their families. Housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Center produces and applies interdisciplinary research to improve practice and to raise public awareness of social issues that affect the well being of America's children and families. This work is accomplished through the systematic training of future leaders, scholars, and policy scientists; cutting-edge research and analyses; and dissemination of information to the media, policy makers, and practitioners on the front lines. The Center was founded and is co-directed by Jeanne Brooks-Gunn.