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Obama’s Education Priorities: What Are They? What Should They Be?

Obama’s Education Priorities: Sponsored by the Horowitz Center
What Are They? What Should They Be?

A Panel Discussion with
Pedro Noguera, Diane Ravitch, Amy Stuart Wells
Moderated by Beth Fertig

Tuesday April 7, 2009, 7:00-9:00 PM
Kimball Lounge, First Floor
Kimball Building, corner of Waverly Place and Greene St., entry on Greene
Free and Open to the Public
RSVP not necessary but appreciated

The Moderator, Beth Fertig is a Senior Reporter as WNYC Public Radio, and is the author of the forthcoming book, Why cant U teach me 2 read?: Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test.

Pedro Noguera is a Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and Director of the Metro Center in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. A sociologist by training, much of his scholarly and practical work has focused on urban education, in particular the need for quality education for all students and on narrowing the achievement gap in education. He is a prolific author whose work regularly appears in In Motion Magazine as well as in professional journals in education. Among his recent books are City Schools and the American Dream: Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education, and a couple of co-edited volumes, Beyond Resistance: Youth Activism and Community Change, and Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Schools.

Diane Ravitch, Research Professor of Education at NYU, has written numerous books in the history of education including The Troubled Crusade: American Education: 1945-1980. She served as an Assistant Secretary of Education and was a fellow at the Brookings Institution where she edited its Papers on Education Policy. Her most recent books include The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn. She and Deborah Meier carry on a public dialogue/debate in their joint blog, “Bridging Differences,”

Amy Stuart Wells is a Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She writes about educational policy in such areas as race and education with a more specific focus on school desegregation, school choice, charter schools. She is co-author of Both Sides Now: The Story of School Desegregation’s Graduates, and has co-edited a number of books including Bringing Equity Back: Research for a New Era in Educational Policy Making, and Where Charter School Policy Fails: The Problems of Accountability and Equity. Among the honors and awards she has received are several fellowships including one at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and another at the Russell Sage Foundation.
Photo ID required to enter building; wheel-chair accessible
For additional information contact Allen Hunter allen.hunter@nyu.edu

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU, and the Metro Center and the Graduate Student Organization
in the Steinhardt School, NYU.