Laura Bornfreund

Director, Early & Elementary Education

Laura Bornfreund is the director of Early & Elementary Education policy with the Education Policy program at New America. She leads a team of writers and analysts working to strengthen children’s experiences in child care, pre-K, and elementary school.

Laura has written An Ocean of Unknowns: Using Student Achievement Data to Evaluate PreK–3rd Grade Teachers, Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensing, and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades, and was lead author on From Crawling to Walking: Ranking States on Birth–3rd Grade Policies that Support Strong Readers, Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education, and Support Early Learning in America: Policies for a New Decade. Her work has been cited and included in national outlets and education publications including The Atlantic, Chalkbeat, CNN, Education Week, Hechinger Report, NPR, Pacific Standard, and Slate.

Before joining New America, Laura worked with several policy organizations in Washington, DC, including the Institute for Educational Leadership, The Forum for Education and Democracy, and Common Core (now Great Minds). Previously, Laura worked for the city of Orlando, FL, helping to implement its Parramore Kidz Zone, an initiative modeled on the Harlem Children's Zone. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Orlando.

Laura holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida and a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

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