Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

David Krip Speaks on “Improbable Scholars” at Center for American Progress

David Kirp

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One urban city—Union City, New Jersey—has seen the benefits of a long-term strategy reaching from preschool to high school, which includes strong early elementary schooling and pre-kindergarten for almost all 3- and 4-year-olds as essential pieces of their turnaround approach. The district’s subsequent educational achievement is striking and speaks for itself.

Professor David Kirp will speak about his research on Union City’s school system and present findings from his new book, Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools. Ralph Smith will discuss the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, an initiative to increase the number of children from low-income families reading proficiently by the end of third grade. Finally, our distinguished group of panelists will discuss current and future efforts to build high-quality public education for all children and to create a comprehensive and aligned pre-kindergarten to third-grade early-learning approach.

Introductory remarks:
Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President, Education Policy, Center for American Progress

Featured speakers:
David Kirp, Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California
Ralph Smith, Senior Vice President, The Annie E. Casey Foundation; Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Robert Slavin, Director, Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University School of Education; co-founder and chairman, Success for All Foundation
Adriana Birne, Principal of Early Childhood Education, Union City Public Schools
Stanley Sanger, Superintendent, Union City Public Schools

Moderated by:
Sara Mead, Principal, Bellwether Education Partners