About the Author:

Ruby Takanishi is senior research fellow in the Early & Elementary Education Policy division at New America in Washington, D.C. She has been honored by the American Education Research Association with the 2014 Distinguished Public Service Award.

Ruby Takanishi 's Books

  • First Things First: Creating the New American Primary School

    Author: Ruby Takanishi

    Product Code:
    756935 (Softbound)
    9780807756935 (Softbound)
    Age Focus: 3-8

    Description & More Details

    Challenging policymakers, educators, reformers, and citizens to replace piecemeal reforms with fundamental redesign, First Things First! calls for a different way of organizing the American primary school. Ruby Takanishi outlines a new framework for integrating early education with primary education (PreK-5), including both short- and long-term strategies, that starts with 3- and 4-year-olds. Featuring portraits of primary schools that have successfully integrated PreK, the book includes resources on dual-language learners, dual-generation family engagement, effective philanthropy, rethinking advocacy, and more.

    Softbound, 208 pgs.

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