William T. Gormley, Jr.

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.


See William T. Gormley, Jr. on Thursday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. in Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, George Mason University. Click here for details.