William Gormley


  • Common Core
  • Early childhood and preschool

William Gormley is university professor of public policy and government at Georgetown University and co-director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. He has written extensively on early childhood education policy, including studies on the effects of Oklahoma’s universal pre-K system. His articles on the effects of the Tulsa Public Schools pre-K program have appeared in Science, the Journal of Human Resources, Child Development, Developmental Psychology and other scholarly journals. His work has been cited by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the CBS Evening News, NPR and other news outlets. Gormley is currently writing a book entitled “Critical Thinking and the American Dream: Challenges for Educators,” which explores the challenges that public school teachers face as they seek to promote college readiness, career readiness and civic readiness. A key argument is that teachers must be more strategic and more creative in linking critical thinking exercises to broader societal goals.