The Niemeyer Series Featuring Dr. Sharon Ryan
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The Niemeyer Series Featuring Dr. Sharon Ryan

The Niemeyer Series Featuring Dr. Sharon Ryan

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Bank Street College of Education

610 West 112th Street

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Dr. Sharon Ryan will speak on

Progressive Pedagogies, and Public Policy: Reasserting Bank Street's Research Presence in Debates about How Best to Use Early Childhood Education to Address Inequities..

As the nation has moved to standardize and systematize teaching in the early years, we have seen an erosion of child-centered approaches in classrooms across our country, particularly as some educators and policy-makers argue that progressive or child-centered approaches in early education have not helped to eradicate educational inequities. This presentation by the inaugural director of Bank Street’s Straus Center for Young Children and Families will explore the factors that are contributing to current curriculum debates in early childhood education and share some early ideas around how the Straus Center can help reestablish Bank Street as a leader of curriculum reform through a new research and advocacy agenda.



Sharon Ryan is Director of the Straus Center for Young Children and Families at Bank Street College of Education. Prior to joining Bank Street, she was Professor of Early Childhood Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Ryan has worked in the early childhood field as a preschool teacher, consultant, program leader, curriculum advisor, and special educator. As a researcher, Dr Ryan uses a range of qualitative and mixed methods designs to research early childhood teacher education and professional development, curriculum, policy enactment, and the potential of critical theories for rethinking early childhood practices. She has published a number of articles, book chapters, and reports in these areas.

The Straus Center for Young Children and Families at Bank Street College of Education was founded to advance research and policy in the realm of early childhood development and learning from birth to age eight. The Center produces and disseminates new scholarship to influence the field of early childhood care and educational practice, and address key challenges in the field by fostering and supporting intensive, ongoing efforts to realize the promise of every young child.



5:30 PM Seating

6:00 PM Program followed by Audience Q&A

7:30 PM Reception and Refreshments


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