Sharon A. Ritchie

Sharon A. Ritchie
Senior Research Scientist
919.843.2779
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 264
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Sharon Ritchie, EdD, is the Principal Investigator of the FirstSchool initiative, a national effort to develop innovative schools and schooling practices that focus on development and learning for 3-8 year olds with an emphasis on African American, Latino, and low income children and their families. She has taught children ages 3 years old to graduate students, worked in special, regular, and gifted education, and played multiple roles on local, state, and national levels. She was on the UCLA faculty preparing elementary educators for 11 years. She is the first author of the Snapshot, a time sampling measure of children's expriences in their school day. She has spent the past two decades focused on research and implementation. She contributed in significant ways to the reliability study of the NAEYC Reinvented Accreditation System, the-NICHD study of Los Angeles Exploration of Children’s Early Learning Settings (L.A. ExCELS), School Wide Early Education Programs Study (SWEEP), Multi State Pre-K Study, and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education studies within the National Center for Early Development and Learning, and the Drop Out Prevention Grant, North Carolina Department of Instruction.

Dr. Ritchie is a member of the PreK-3rd National Work Group committed to building knowledge and understanding of effective PreK-3rd policy and practice, with an emphasis on instruction and engagement in learning. This requires creating an aligned and high-quality system of early learning across early childhood and elementary education, which is critical to establishing a strong foundation for life-long learning. Dr. Ritchie also serves on the NAEYC Governing Board.

Academic Affiliation: Research Associate Professor, School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Pre-Kindergarten
School Reform
Evidence-Based Practices
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
Systems Change
Teacher Preparation
Curriculum Vitae:
Education:
• EdD, Early Childhood Education, University of California, Los Angeles
• MA, Industrial Education, California State University, Long Beach
• MEd, Special Education, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
• BA, English, California State University, Long Beach