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Accountability in the Classroom: A debate

Should teacher evaluations be based on student’s test scores?
How should teachers be held accountable in the classroom?
Is enough being done to address current cheating allegations in NYC schools?

Kick off the school year this Tuesday, October 4 with DL21C’s Education Committee as two of New York City’s most influential education professionals debate the current hot-button issues affecting our schools.


Shael Polakow-Suransky,Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor, NYC Department of Education


Pedro Noguera, Ph. D.,Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University and Trustee, State University of New York

Moderated by

Philissa Cramer
Managing Editor of GothamSchools.org

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 PM (doors open at 6:15)

About the speakers:

Shael Polakow-Suransky is the New York City Department of Education’s Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor, overseeing all of the school system’s instructional work and related policy issues. Previously, in his role as Deputy Chancellor for Performance and Accountability, he led the Department’s efforts to provide instructional support around the Common Core State Standards, tools to accelerate student learning, professional development for teachers, and the data used to evaluate school quality and improve student performance.Shael has worked in the New York City public schools since 1994, when he started his career as a teacher of mathematics and social studies. In 2001 he became the founding principal of Bronx International High School, a highly successful school for students who are recent immigrants to the United States. He has worked in several roles at the NYC Department of Education focused on building instructional capacity for teachers and principals, having served as a Leadership Academy facilitator, Deputy CEO for the Office of New Schools, and Chief Academic Officer for Empowerment Schools.
Shael holds a bachelor’s degree in education and urban studies from Brown University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Bank Street College of Education. He is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy.

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University.
He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development and in the Department of Sociology at New York University.  He is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).He is the author of several books including City Schools and the American Dream  (Teachers College Press 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006) and The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008). His two most recent books are Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males (with Aida Hurtado and Eddie Fergus) and Creating the Opportunity to Learn with A. Wade Boykin. In 2008, Noguera was appointed by the Governor of New York to the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees. He also appeared as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.

Philissa Cramer is managing editor of GothamSchools. She founded GothamSchools’ newsroom in September 2008 and previously launched Insideschools’ first news blog. At Insideschools, she also visited and reviewed schools all over New York City and contributed to the third edition of New York City’s Best Public High Schools. Philissa has also written about education issues for the Village Voice, the Nation, and the New Republic. She studied the history and policy of education at Brown University, where she was an editor of the Brown Daily Herald student newspaper.