Former Asst. Secretary, Secondary & Elementary Education
Susan B. Neuman is a professor of early childhood and literacy and chair of the Teaching and Learning Department at the New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, she served as the US Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is especially known for her work in establishing the Early Reading First and Reading First Program and the Early Childhood Professional Development Program, as well as enhancing accountability efforts to improve children’s achievement. Read More >
Experts may be uncertain about many issues, but there is widespread agreement that children who reach kindergarten with certain characteristics – an interest in books, a fondness for conversation, a curiosity about the world – are more likely to thrive in school and lead productive, happy lives. There's been an explosion of knowledge over the last few years about how young children develop, namely how early experiences set the stage for success in learning to read and write. Highlighting the most recent trends and practices in early literacy learning, Neuman shares how we can ensure that all children achieve successfully by “starting early.”
In this presentation, Neuman focuses on the significant disparities in children's achievement by income group. She argues that we need more targeted interventions that focus on three qualities:
"Susan was outstanding! She had an excellent presentation and a warm engaging personality. Please extend our heartfelt thanks to her for taking the time to share with both public and private Ohio Educators."