Ruby Takanishi

Senior Research Fellow, Education Policy Program

Ruby Takanishi is a senior research fellow with the Early and Elementary Education Policy Program at New America. 

She is the author of First Things First! Creating the New American Primary School  [Teachers College Press, August 2016]. Takanishi is the former president and CEO of the Foundation for Child Development, a grant-making philanthropy that launched the PreK—3rd movement in 2003.

She has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association (Division of Children and Families), and the Society for Research in Child Development in recognition of her contribution to connecting research with public policies. The American Education Research Association honored her with its 2014 Distinguished Public Service Award. 

Takanishi received her PhD from Stanford University and has previously taught at UCLA; Teachers College at Columbia University; Yale University; and Bank Street College. 

All Work

Good Schools for All: What Works Best for English-Learners

Ruby Takanishi joined the Voice of San Diego to talk about the most effective ways to educate dual language learners.

Worlds Apart

Piecemeal education reforms over the last five decades make clear the “Great Equalizer” hasn’t lived up to its promise.

Get Education Right from the Start of School

We need to relearn our ABCs and design a primary school system from scratch, says Ruby Takanishi.