Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.
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.
Author of 225 articles and 14 books, Kagan’s analytic work has helped shape early childhood policy, pedagogy, and practice across the world. Scores of consultancies and grants from foundations, governments, and organizations (e.g., UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank, and OECD) have enabled her to define and research diverse topics, including: school readiness, the early childhood system, systems integration, transitions, schoolification, and assessment and accountability. Kagan’s scholarship is enriched by her first-hand knowledge of programs, schools, and governments, as she has supported over 65 countries and all 50 states in developing early learning and development standards, curricula, teacher preparation programs, and/or governance and financing strategies that enhance the quality, quantity, equity, and sustainability of early childhood services.
Regarded as a scholar, pioneer, and advocate, Dr. Kagan has received international and national honorary doctoral degrees, is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Education in 2012. She is the past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Family Support America. Professor Kagan is the only woman in the history of American Education to be recognized with 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 2005 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.