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Grover J. Whitehurst

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Grover J. (“Russ”) Whitehurst is a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. He is also the Brown Chair, senior fellow, and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he is responsible for shaping public and political opinion on education policy based on findings from research. As the first director of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education, he is widely acknowledged to have had a transforming effect on the quality of education research. In his earlier career as a professor of developmental psychology, he carried out seminal research on early literacy, language development, and preschool education. A program he developed to enhance language development in children from low-income families, Dialogic Reading, is used in preschools around the world. He is a pioneer in delivering college-level instruction through the Internet, in recognition of which he received the Microsoft Innovators in Higher Education Award.

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Analysis and Commentary

Choosing Blindly

by Grover J. Whitehurstvia Education Next
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Students learn principally through interactions with people (teachers and peers) and instructional materials (textbooks, workbooks, instructional software, web-based content, homework, projects, quizzes, and tests)...

American Education in 2030: Curriculum Then and Now

by Grover J. Whitehurstvia Analysis
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In 2030 curriculum is at the fore of education rather than serving as it did 20 years ago in the shadow of reform efforts involving teacher performance, choice, standards and accountability, and school governance. 

Did Congress Authorize Race to the Top?

by Grover J. Whitehurstvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 set aside roughly $5 billion to be used by the U.S.

Analysis and Commentary

Did Congress Authorize Race to the Top?

by Grover J. Whitehurstvia Education Week
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The legislative process is messy, but we are better served in the long term by allowing our elected representatives to decide on the education policies we are to pursue as a nation, rather than having them dictated to us by the executive branch under the guise of a grant program to reward reform and innovation...

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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.