ThinkFWD - Incubating Opportunity: The Promise of Early Childhood Education


February 05, 2015 at 7pm


NYU Puck Building
295 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
United States


Marlayna Augusto

ThinkFWD is a quarterly speaker series focusing on important issues at the intersection of tech and politics.

Can early childhood education expand opportunity for New York's kids? How can the city ensure that its new pre-k initiative benefits children from all backgrounds?


Moderator - Michael Levine: Dr. Michael Levine is the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-profit organization based at Sesame Workshop. The center conducts research and builds multi-sector partnerships to scale innovation and investment in promising educational media technologies for children. 

Azadeh JamalianAzadeh Jamalian is the Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer for Tiggly, a New York-based company developing interactive toys and apps for the digital generation. Azadeh is also a PhD student in the Cognitive Studies in Education program at Columbia University’s Teachers College and has earned a Masters in Instructional Technology and Media. Before coming to Columbia, she was a private teacher at BrainBoost Education, where she had the opportunity to work closely with kids, and to design and implement curricula for hands-on science and math classes.

Steven Barnett: Steven Barnett is a Board of Governors Professor and Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. His research includes studies of the economics of early care and education including costs and benefits, the long-term effects of preschool programs on children's learning and development, and the distribution of educational opportunities. He has authored or co-authored over 180 publications.

Hiro Yoshikawa: Hiro Yoshikawa is a Professor of Education at New York University. Hiro studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. Recent books include: Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life and Child Development and Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs.

Carmel Martin: Carmel Martin is the Executive Vice President for the Center for American Progress. Her areas of expertise include early childhood policy, economy, education higher education, poverty, progressive movement, religion and values, and women’s rights. Before joining American Progress, Martin was the Assistant Secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the Department of Education. In this position, she led the Department’s policy and budget development activities and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


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