Professor Sharon Lynn KAGAN


Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan
Columbia University,

Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Early Childhood and Family Policy and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University and Professor Adjunct at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Scholar, pioneer, leader and advocate, Dr. Kagan has helped shape early childhood practice and policies in the United States and in scores of countries throughout the world. Author of 225 articles and 14 books, Kagan’s research focuses on the institutions that impact child and family life. She consults with numerous international, federal, and state agencies, congress, governors and legislatures, and is currently working with over 45 countries to establish early learning standards and policies for young children, including Armenia, Bolivia, China, Ghana, Georgia, Jordan, Mongolia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. She is a member of 30 national boards and panels, and Past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Family Support America. The recipient of international and national honorary doctoral degrees, Kagan was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in 2010 and elected to membership in the National Academy of Education in 2012. She is the only woman in the history of American Education to receive its three most prestigious awards: The 2004 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the 2005 James Bryant Conant Award for Lifetime Service to Education from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.



International Forum on Kindergarten Education

Enhancing and ensuring quality with equity
This presentation will focus on an essential challenge facing those who develop and implement ECD policies and programs, notably balancing quality and equity. Presenting data that reveal the current status of ECD quality and equity, the presentation will focus on why these challenges exist and why they are so difficult to resolve. A strategy for considering a new approach to achieving quality while assuring equity will be suggested.


Parent Seminar on Kindergarten Education

Selecting a kindergarten: What every parent should expect from a high quality kindergarten
This presentation will offer hands-on tips that parents can use as they select Kindergartens, as they visit them, and as they support their children through the Kindergarten experience. Offering concrete strategies, the presentation will present current thinking and important new research related to children’s early development, stressing what families and Kindergartens can do to assure positive outcomes and experiences for young children.