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Robert Pondiscio


Robert Pondiscio is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on K–12 education, curriculum, teaching, school choice, and charter schooling. Before joining AEI, he was a policy analyst and education reform expert at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank. He previously worked for the Core Knowledge Foundation and as an adviser and civics teacher at Democracy Prep Public Schools. 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.

Published Articles & Media

Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform

Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state

David Brooks and the Language of Privilege

It is within our power as educators and policymakers to help all children acquire the language of privilege so they will not be excluded.

Success Academy Shares Its Curriculum and Blueprints

The centerpiece of Success Academy’s online offering is its K–4 English language arts curriculum.

Reading and Wronging

A review of "Language at the Speed of Sight" by Mark Seidenberg

Time to Connect Professional Development and Teacher Training to Curriculum

Why is it so rare that thoughtfully vetted instructional materials form the foundation of professional learning for teachers?

What Happened to School Reform in New York City?

Is there any place in the nation where education reform has left the rails as quickly and completely as New York?

Is Choice About Better Test Scores?

Choice exists to allow parents to educate their children in accordance with their own needs, desires and values.

Unintended Consequences of Test-Based Accountability

School accountability regimes may be intended to weed out only the “truly dismal,” but they cause all schools to behave in ways they otherwise wouldn’t—including adopting instructional practices and school culture habits we might not want.

Reformers Need to Focus on What Happens Inside the Classroom

Our expensive and aggressive ed reform efforts still focus far too little on what kids do in school all day.

The Pitfalls of Uniform, State-Run Public Education

A review of Pluralism and American Public Education: No One Way to School by Ashley Rogers Berner

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