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SUSAN B. NEUMAN Secretary of Education, Literacy, Fostering A Learning Spirit

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Susan B. Neuman is a professor in educational studies specializing in early literacy Development at the University of Michigan School of Education. Previously, she served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. Susan Neuman is especially known for her work in establishing the Early Reading First Program and the Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, as well as enhancing accountability efforts to improve  children’s achievement.

At Michigan, she directed the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA), focusing on early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction for prekindergarten through grade three students. Ms. Neuman is also director of the Michigan Research Program on Ready to Learn, which includes projects working to change the odds for children in poverty.

Her newest book is Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital, which explores the knowledge gap between children from affluent circles and those from poorer neighborhoods and how that gap can be closed by increasing literacy rates. Susan Neuman is the author of such widely read titles as Changing the Odds for Children at Risk; Educating the Other America; Nurturing Knowledge: Building a Foundation for School Success by Linking Early Literacy to Math, Science, Art, and Social Studies (with Kathy Roskos); and Reading to Your Young Child: A Parent’s Guide (with Tanya Wright).

A powerful speaker and education expert, Susan B. Neuman delivers insightful keynotes on how parents and educators can foster a learning spirit in all young children, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds. Her other books include The Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 1; Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Education; Handbook on Early Literacy Research, Volume 2 (with David Dickinson); Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practice; Children Achieving:  Best Practices in Early Literacy; Single-Subject Experimental Design: Applications for Literacy; Literacy in the Television Age; and Language and Literacy in Early Childhood. She has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles focused on improving the odds of children who live in disadvantaged communities.


Children Achieving: Closing the Gap by Starting Early  Experts may be uncertain about many issues, but there is widespread agreement that children who reach kindergarten with certain characteristics – an interest in books, a fondness for conversation, a curiosity about the world – are more likely to thrive in school and lead productive, happy lives. There’s been an explosion of knowledge over the last few years about how young children develop, namely how early experiences set the stage for success in learning to read and write. Highlighting the most recent trends and practices in early literacy learning, professor Susan Neuman shares how we can ensure that all children achieve successfully by “starting early.”

Educating the Other America   In this presentation, Susan Neuman focuses on the significant disparities in children’s achievement by income group. She argues that we need more targeted interventions that focus on three qualities:

  • Providing additional print resources to children
  • Focusing greater attention to oral language and vocabulary in our programs
  • Building relationships with parents

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