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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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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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in the news | November 24, 2015 | International Security

10 tips for surviving the age of terrorism

Let's not forget that since 9/11 nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, anti-government fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: Forty-eight have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, including this year's mass killing at a Charleston, South Carolina, church, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington think tank. The painful and inconvenient truth is that the problems of violent extremism, not to mention random and more ordinary criminal gun violence, are already here.

in the news | November 24, 2015

It’s Not So Elementary

I've come to believe that part of the reason that these challenges remain unacknowledged is because teaching young children is largely viewed as care work. And as Anne Marie-Slaughter has so eloquently argued in interviews about her latest book, "Unfinished Business," we as a society devalue care work. It's no wonder then that the younger the students you teach, the lower your salary.