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Professor Sean Reardon, Shining a Light on Inequality to Create Change

sean reardon headshot3 cropped optStanford professor Sean Reardon is the keynote speaker at Children’s Institute’s Make It Your Business Luncheon on May 18, 2017. Reardon, a Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, analyzes the effects of income inequality and segregation on young children’s development and educational experiences. He uses his findings to advocate for proven solutions to support children’s cognitive growth, enhance their educational experiences, and improve their academic achievement.

In a New York Times opinion piece in 2013, Reardon noted, “the more we do to ensure that all children have similar cognitively stimulating early childhood experiences, the less we will have to worry about failing schools. This in turn will enable us to let our schools focus on teaching the skills — how to solve complex problems, how to think critically and how to collaborate — essential to a growing economy and a lively democracy.”

Reardon’s research findings also provide eloquent reasoning for supporting the brain development of young children. “Early childhood experiences can be very consequential for children’s long-term social, emotional and cognitive development. … And because those influence educational success and later earnings, early childhood experiences cast a lifelong shadow.”

Reardon’s landmark analysis on the effects of income inequality on educational experiences and academic achievement, The Widening Academic Achievement Gap Between the Rich and the Poor: New Evidence and Possible Explanations, can be found here.
Join us at the Make It Your Business Luncheon to hear Professor Reardon’s keynote speech on the research that led him to become a strong advocate for investing in early childhood education.

Join us at the Make It Your Business Luncheon to hear Professor Reardon’s keynote speech on the research that led him to become a strong advocate for investing in early childhood education.

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