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Our Children Can’t Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America

A new book and podcast to help us begin to reimagine the purpose and power of education policy in America.

Now is the time to change the rules of the game for all young people, especially students of color. Those rules of the game are often policies that ignore how conditions outside of school like housing, health, air quality, community safety and many other factors affect youth before they even reach the classroom.

PUBLISHED BY Teachers College Press


Joseph Bishop, Ph.D. is the lead author and editor for Our Children Can’t Wait: The Urgency of Reinventing Education Policy in America. He is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of the Center for the Transformation of Schools in the School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Bishop has held a number of state and national educational leadership positions with the Learning Policy Institute, the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign with the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Opportunity Action, the Coalition for Teaching Quality, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. He was formerly a governor-appointed member of the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) and served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Teaching Quality. Dr. Bishop has been featured in a number of digital and print media sources, including National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Ed Source and Education Week. His scholarship explores the relationship between education policy and its impact on educational equity, racial justice and social justice efforts on topics including community schools, early childhood education, teacher shortages and teacher professional learning, school finance, school climate and school discipline reform. Dr. Bishop earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy and Organizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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