William T. Gormley, Jr. is University Professor and Professor of Government and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is also co-director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS). Dr. Gormley is the author of several books, including Everybody’s Children: Child Care as a Public Problem (Brookings 1995), Organizational Report Cards (Harvard University Press, 1999), and Voices for Children: Rhetoric and Public Policy (Brookings, 2012).His latest book is The Critical Advantage: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in School (Harvard Education Press, 2017). Dr. Gormley is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a past president of the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Gormley has directed the Oklahoma pre-K project, which has evaluated the state-funded pre-K program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He and his research team have documented substantial gains in pre-reading, pre-writing, and pre-math skills for children enrolled in the school-based pre-K program in Tulsa. The successes of Oklahoma’s pre-K program have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on NPR, the PBS News Hour, and the CBS Evening News.