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Ellen Galinsky
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute, helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty books and reports include Ask The Children, the now-classic The Six Stages of Parenthood, and the bestsellingMind in the Making, published by HarperStudio in April 2010.

At FWI, she co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive ongoing nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce, the National Study of Employers, an ongoing nationally representative study tracking trends in employment benefits, policies and practices as well as When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness. Ms. Galinsky directs Mind in the Making, a project on the science of early learning that includes the book, videos for teachers, and learning modules for teachers and for families.

She has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. She holds a Masters in Child Development/ Education from Bank Street College of Education and a BA degree in Child Study from Vassar College. She was a presenter at the White House Conference on Child Care in 1997 and on Teenagers in 2000 and is featured regularly in the media, including appearances on Today, World News Tonight with Charles Gibson, and Oprah.

Entries by Ellen Galinsky

Back-to-School Message: Stop Helicoptering, Start Teaching Self Control

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

It is back to school time, but rather than waxing nostalgic about our memories (those smells of chalk, mixed with industrial strength cleaning fluid, those endless echoing halls, stacked-up lockers and glimpses of friends who seemed transformed by summer) or worrying about how your children are going to fare (do...

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White House Summit on Working Families Marks a 'New Movement'

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 10:26 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama called the White House Summit the beginning of a movement, a movement for working families. In many ways the Summit, held on June 23rd, felt like a movement, a combination of a political pep rally and a church service with crowds of true believers...

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For Father's Day, Get Rid Working-Father Myths

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:23 PM

A White House Conference on Working Fathers was a long-time coming but in the end, it was worth waiting for. Held on June 9th, it revealed that there is still a lot of confusion around men and their roles and we need a reset on what we actually know, especially...

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State of the US Workplace: Good and Bad News

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:29 AM

NSE 2014As the United States moves slowly out of the worst recession it has experienced since the Great Depression, how have employers responded?

The ongoing National Study of Employers -- a study of employers with 50 or...

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Mindsets About Women and Work Need a Reboot

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:12 PM

The headlines last week were that the number of stay-at-home moms is rising. A new Pew Research Center analysis of government data finds that after decades of remaining flat, the percentage of mothers who do not have jobs have jumped up from 23 percent to 29...

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Employee Burnout: Come on, Boss, Relight My Fire!

(2) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 1:02 PM

Are you feeling overworked?

If you are, you are in good company. One in three U.S. employees feels this way. In this 24/7 world where we can be connected all of the time, where there are fewer boundaries between working and not working, more and more of...

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What Really Drives Success: Lessons For Tiger Mom

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:51 AM

Amy Chua is back in the news, this time with her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, and they're taking on the quintessential American question 'What drives success and how do we instill those traits in our children?'

In her first book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom, Chua extrapolated from...

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War-On-Poverty Debate Largely Ignores Employer Role

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 3:41 PM

January marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and it is natural to take stock -- how successful have we been in combatting poverty, where do we need to go, how will we get there and most importantly, what are the most effective engines of change?


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Kids These Days

(4) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 5:45 PM

At a lunchtime discussion group at the Iowa early childhood conference this week, the teachers were talking about the kids they know and teach. Actually, they were worrying about kids these days.

Okay, educators have always worried about kids--for as long as I have been in the field and...

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Reading Time's a Missed Opportunity for Life-Skills Learning

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 7:58 AM

For a long time, we've been told, "read to children!" As important as this message is, it has frustrated me. It's not JUST reading to children that matters; it is HOW we read to children that has benefits for us and for them.

This may sound like a guilt-trip, but...

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Preschool for All: Getting It Right

(26) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:15 PM

I never, ever thought I would hear a president of the United States, much less a president in the State of the Union address, call for universal preschool. But two nights ago, I listened to President Obama do just this:

Tonight, I propose working with states to...
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FibbStrong: What to Teach Kids About Lying

(2) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 1:29 PM

For the near future it will be Lance Armstrong, all the time and everywhere, confessing his history of lying and revenge against those who tried to tell the truth. For those of us who cheered his wins, his recovery from cancer and the Livestrong Foundation, it is heartbreaking...

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Talking to Young Children About the Death of Young Children

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 5:12 PM

The front pages of newspapers show hearses lined up and the headlines talk of the mournful task of saying goodbye. An 8-year-old child is quoted in a New York Times article, speaking of his six-year-old friend, Jack Pinto: "I used to do everything with him. We liked to...

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The Essential Human Task Is Learning to Be With Others and Other Lessons From the Research of Daniel Stern

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 1:25 PM

When Daniel Stern died this November 12th, we lost one of the truly greats in child development research and theory.

Daniel Stern was a psychiatrist, an author and a researcher at what's now the Weill Cornell Medical College and at the University of Geneva, however...

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Texting, TV and Tech Trashing Children's Attention Spans

(11) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 12:51 PM

Two studies on teachers' views of the impact of digital media on children's learning were just released, one by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and the other by Common Sense Media.

Although teachers see a number of advantages in young people's heavy...

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Candidates Need Workplace Flexibility Reality Check

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 3:41 PM

During the presidential debate Tuesday night, both candidates talked about the challenges women face trying to deal with family and work issues, and the issue of the workplace flexibility was raised.

Today we were doing a live chat with TODAY Money and the candidates' responses were a topic...

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Let's Take Life-Skills Learning Seriously

(5) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 10:22 AM

When I left the Education Summit everyone seemed to be talking about developing life skills, not just basic academics, in children as a way to ready the workforce of the future. That's a good thing. What's not so good is the perception that such skills, including self-control and...

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Having It All!

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:06 PM

If you think you've heard what Anne-Marie Slaughter of Princeton University has to say on "not having it all" because you were among the 1.7 million people who downloaded her article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," from The Atlantic, you are only half right.

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New Evidence: Early Ability to Focus, Have Self Control Linked to College Completion

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 9:49 AM

Learning how to learn plays a key role in whether children go on to graduate from college, a new study by Megan McClelland of Oregon State University and her colleagues finds.

It turns out, one aspect of executive function skills in four-year-olds -- what the researchers call...

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Understanding the Language Of Children's Behavior: Lessons From the Research of Berry Brazelton

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 2:43 PM

On May 10, 2012, pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton turned 94 years old. On June 18, 2010 The White House honored him as a Champion of Change.

If you ask this inspirational man -- this Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, this author of the best-selling...

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