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Robert Pondiscio


Robert Pondiscio is senior fellow and vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior advisor to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of high-performing charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in journalism, including senior positions at TIME and BusinessWeek, Robert became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002. He subsequently served as vice president for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Robert’s articles and op-ed columns on education have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Daily News, Education Next, and many other publications. A frequent speaker and expert guest on education issues, he has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, and elsewhere.

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Parental Pressure Mounts for More Phonics, Less Guessing in Teaching Reading

Lucy Calkins concedes instructional materials need an update.

Charter Schools and Their Enemies

At 90, Thomas Sowell reminds charter schools how to fight. And why.

About a Teacher

A new film written and directed by a teacher comes closer to capturing the feel of classroom life than most of its big budget predecessors.

The Metric That Matters Most: Ask Kids, “Are You In?”

The first and most important relationship most children have with a civic institution is with a school.

Come to Jesus

Effort parties, data walls, reading logs, and “warm/strict” — a look inside Success Academy
Cover of "The Knowledge Gap" by Natalie Wexler

The Lost Children of E.D. Hirsch

A review of “The Knowledge Gap” by Natalie Wexler

How Socrates Invented Social and Emotional Learning

What used to be called character education is unlikely to be effective if it is divorced from its moral and religious foundations.
Graduates in caps and gowns

“Most of What You Believe About Poverty Is Wrong”

What the work of Mauricio “Lim” Miller, an Oakland, California-based social services pioneer and MacArthur “Genius” fellowship recipient, means for education.

Don’t Dismiss That 30 Million-Word Gap Quite So Fast

Differences in the early language environments of children do have a significant impact.
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If Education Advocacy Were More Like Pharmaceutical Ads

Imagine the disclaimers and warnings about potentially harmful side effects of today's promising practices and reform initiatives.

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