Former Asst. Secretary, Secondary & Elementary Education
Susan B. Neuman is passionate about the science of reading, and how it may support children’s opportunities to learn. Her latest book, the Handbook on the Science of Early Literacy co-authored with colleagues Cabell and Patton-Terry, describes how young children can be nurtured early on to ensure their success in reading development. She is also the author of Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital (2014), which explores the knowledge gap between children from affluent circles and those from poorer neighborhoods and how that gap can be closed by increasing access to literacy resources. She is also the author of such widely read titles as All about words: Vocabulary instruction in the age of Common Core Standards, preK through grade 2 (Teachers College Press, 2013); Changing the Odds for Children at Risk; Educating the Other America (2012); the best-selling Nurturing knowledge: Building a Foundation for School Success with Kathy Roskos; and Reading to your Young Child: A Parent’s guide (with Tanya Wright). She has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles focused on improving the odds of children who live in disadvantaged communities. Read More >
Neighborhood institutions like the laundromat, hair salon, barbershop and grocery stores can be vital places for literacy activities in a community. Neuman has conducted extensive research in these everyday spaces and describes how communities may be an important resource for literacy activities. Read More >
Children need knowledge-building opportunities to become successful readers and thinkers. Neuman describes how schools and communities can give children rich opportunities to build background knowledge essential for comprehension. Read Less ^
Neuman describes the research, and highlights how young children are learning from media.
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."
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