Resources by Topic: School Readiness

Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, PhD

In just a few years, today’s children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the U.S. economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that “content is king,” neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.

Becoming Brilliant offers solutions that parents, educators, practitioners, and policy makers can implement right now.

Most Likely To Succeed

A brilliant film based on the research of Tony Wagner,Most Likely To Succeed” examines the shortcomings of today’s outdated education methods and the true potential of every child to innovate and thrive.

Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

Being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having an air traffic control system at a busy airport to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways.

Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation

Vicki Abeles, October 6, 2015

A groundbreaking book for parents, students, and educators on how to revolutionize learning, prioritize children’s health, and re-envision success for a lifetime.

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs

Ellen Galinsky, April 20, 2010

Teaching children to think may be the most important thing a parent can do.

Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed

Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Patton, August 7, 2007

The insights of complexity theory lay out a brand new way of thinking about making change in communities, in business, and in the world.

Squandering America’s Future – Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children

Susan Ochshorn

Ochshorn offers a pioneering guide to the big issues in contemporary early childhood policy…Ochshorn boldly and clearly shows how early care and education is an issue of social justice and helping America compete on the world stage.

Research that Helps Move Us Closer to a World Where Each Child Thrives

Adele Diamond, University of British Columbia, 2015

Schools are curtailing programs in arts, physical exercise, and play to devote more time and resources to academic instruction.

Beyond “Subprime Learning”: Accelerating Progress in Early Education

Laura Bornfreund, et al.
New America Foundation, July 2014

This report is designed to help policy makers as well as teacher preparation programs to clearly see the changes they should make.