Sep 25, 2021
Christopher P. Brown is a former preschool, kindergarten, and 1st-grade teacher. He is also an award-winning researcher, teacher educator, and professor of early childhood education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
His research centers on how education stakeholders across a range of political and educational contexts make sense of and respond to policymakers’ reforms. His most recent two books examine issues surrounding kindergarten. The first, Ready for kindergarten? Freeing yourself from the readiness trap so that you and your child will succeed in kindergarten, seeks to replace any worries families might have about sending their child to kindergarten with wisdom and confidence.
The second, Resisting the kinder-race: Restorying joy to early learning, examines how kindergarten has become a place that races children from skill-to-skill, what that means for children on a day-to-day basis, why it must change, and how everyone in the early childhood and elementary school communities must take part in the reform process.
Across these two books, and all his work, Christopher’s goal is to understand and advocate for early learning environments that foster, sustain, and extend the complex educational, sociocultural, and individual goals and aspirations of teachers, children, and their families.