Discussion: Why Knowledge is the Key to Skills and the Common Core


Thursday, October 29, Why Knowledge Is the Key to Skills-and the Common Core

A discussion of why the pursuit of skills is widening the achievement gap-and what we can do about it. 
Focusing on creating digitally savvy life-long learners sounds great; but cognitive science shows that trying to cultivate skills directly-without a knowledge-rich curriculum-is pure folly. The Common Core addresses this problem by increasing the amount of informational text students read and calling for curricula "intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades."

Susan Newman, Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education, New York University

Valarie Lewis, Former Principal, PS 124 in Queens, Dispelling the Myth Award Winner

Amanda Pecsi, Director of Curriculum, Center City Public Charter Schools

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents


Moderator:  Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and Vice President of External Affairs, Thomas B. Fordham Institute 

To be held from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. EST at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 1016 16th St., NW, Floor 7



Washington D.C.
Event Time: 
October 2015