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From Crawling to Walking

Right now only about one-third of all children attending school in the United States can read proficiently by fourth grade. The numbers are even more dismaying for our most vulnerable students. How can state policymakers lessen the achievement gap and improve literacy outcomes for all children? A new report from ...

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Working Women Are Looking Back to Get Ahead

EVENT December 02, 2015 09:30 AM– 11:00 AM

Wednesday December 02, 2015

09:30 AM – 11:00 AM

[u'740 15th Street NW, Suite 900', u'Washington, DC 20005']

If we want gender equality to be a fixture of the future of work, the first step may be to learn from our labor past. Join New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter and AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler for a conversation about how we can leverage lessons from the largest working women’s organization in America to improve wages and standards for all Americans.

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Taking Our Body (Camera) Temperature

EVENT December 02, 2015 04:30 PM– 06:00 PM

Wednesday December 02, 2015

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM

[u'New America', u'740 15th Street NW', u'Suite 900', u'Washington, DC 20005']

Join OTI in our conversation as our panel of experts talk about the present and map out potential future steps. Possible questions include: Will body cameras be unrolled at national borders? Should they be? Has body camera footage been used as evidence in a criminal court case? Who has been paying for the body cameras, and in the past year, how much money have the vendors pulled in?

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My Favorite Movie with Dr. France Córdova

EVENT December 02, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:00 PM

Wednesday December 02, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

[u'Landmark E Street Cinema', u'555 11th Street NW', u'Washington, DC 20004']

Dr. France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation, wants you to join her to watch October Sky, the 1999 film that skyrocketed Jake Gyllenhaall’s career and is about how the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite triggered a new era of scientific innovation and basic research in America. Gyllenhaall plays a West Virginia miner’s son eager to reach for the stars as a rocketeer. An inspirational tale of determination and ingenuity, October Sky captures the human side of the space age.

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All Books
in the news | December 01, 2015 | Fellows

Obama: Hard Labor for Unions

“He wasn’t a union-based Democrat,” said Julian Zelizer, a history professor at Princeton University who has written on Obama’s relationship with unions. “He was seen by many Dems as appealing to new constituencies and not old ones. That is what made him attractive.”

article | December 01, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Bridging the Tech/Policy Divide

Preparing for the future of technology and public policy

OTI recently launched Bridging the Tech/Policy Divide, a resource-based toolkit to prepare for the future of of technology policy education and work. Our goal is to build out the toolkit so that it can be federated across public policy schools in universities in order to strengthen the public sector tech professional pipeline. Future leaders need training along all these dimensions to fully understand technology’s societal impact.

in the news | December 01, 2015 | Education Policy

Michigan colleges offering best bang for the buck

“Schools think (cost and salary metrics) are crass because there’s a lot more to college than that,” said Rachel Fishman, senior policy education analyst at the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focusing on policy issues, including education. “But at the end of the day, overwhelmingly, students will tell you they’re going to college so they’ll be more economically secure.

in the news | November 30, 2015 | Education Policy

Colorado Is A 'Toddler' When It Comes To Early Literacy, Report Says

A new report suggests Colorado has made some advances in promoting early literacy but still has a ways to go. + The report from the New America Foundation divides states into three broad categories: crawling, toddling, and walking. Colorado is a toddler, at the lower end of the scale. On five of seven indicators, Colorado ranked near the middle. The state did well on policies to ensure students are reading by third grade, according to the report.