The skills of amrican workforce

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Sharon Lynn Kagan

Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families, and Associate Dean for Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholar, pioneer, leader, and advocate, Dr. Kagan has helped shaped early childhood practice and policies in the United States and in countries throughout the world. Author of over 200 articles and 12 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, is a member of 40 national boards and panels, and is Past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Family Support America. She is currently working around the globe with UNICEF to establish early learning standards in Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Jordan, Mongolia, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, and Viet Nam. 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.