Ruth Wattenberg

Education Policy Analyst; former President, DC State Board of Education

Ruth Wattenberg is an education policy analyst, writer, researcher, and advocate. For many years she worked at the American Federation of Teachers as the Director of AFT’s Educational Issues department and as editor of American Educator, its quarterly magazine on educational issues. In those roles, she worked on many issues, including the importance of background knowledge and vocabulary for reading; testing and accountability; evidence-based education reform; teaching quality; how students learn; and fixing low-performing schools. Ruth is a former President of the DC State Board of Education and served on the Board of Trustees of the Core Knowledge Foundation.

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Decades of Dedication to the Science of Reading