Robert Pondiscio
Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Academic standards
  • Achievement gap
  • Assessment
  • Career and technical education
  • Character education
  • Charter schools
  • Child development
  • Civics
  • Common Core
  • Common Core assessments
  • Curriculum
  • Early learning
  • Education reform
  • Low-income students
  • Media
  • Minority students
  • Mobility
  • Politics
  • Poverty
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Reading and literacy
  • School choice
  • School reform
  • Social studies
  • Standardized tests
  • State of education
  • Textbooks
  • Urban education
  • Writing

Robert Pondiscio is a senior fellow and the vice president for external affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior advisor to Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of charter schools based in Harlem, New York. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching and urban education. After 20 years in journalism, including senior positions at Time and BusinessWeek, Pondiscio became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002. He subsequently served as the vice president for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Pondiscio’s articles and op-ed columns on education have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, the New York Daily News, Education Next and other publications. A frequent speaker and expert guest on education issues, he has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN and elsewhere.