Fellow, Education and the Public Interest Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University
Currently a freelance writer, Susan Ohanian’s writing draws on her own long career as a teacher grades K-14 and on current corporate-politico assaults on public education . Her more than 300 essays on education issues have appeared in periodicals ranging from Phi Delta Kappan cover stories to commentary in such fare as The Nation, Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and USA Today. Three recent titles of Susan’s 25 books reveal her interest in both the politics of schooling and the importance of curriculum--and her insistence that it all must come back to children: When Childhood Collides with NCLB, Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools? and The Whole Word Catalogue: FUNdamental Activities for Building Vocabulary.
Susan’s website of resistance to high stakes testing and No Child Left Behind received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honest and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English. She is also a recent recipient of the Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching” Award, College of Education, University of Arizona.