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Catalyzing Urban School Change: Deborah Meier

Rejuvenating and Reconceptualizing Teaching

In a field that employs 6.2 million people, how can we ensure all students have dynamic and effective teachers? Do we give teachers greater freedom for collaboration? Professionalize the field? Create student-centered curricula? Whatever the argument, our urban schools cannot survive without teachers. How can we harness their abilities in a time when students need them the most?

The Institute for Urban Education is honored to be joined by Deborah Meier for a panelist discussion about urban schooling and the role of teachers in catalyzing school change. Deborah Meier, often considered the pioneer of the small schools movement and author of The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem, will participate in a panel discussion about what teachers can do to catalyze school change and what our country can do to better support teachers. Deborah is one of the most respected educational innovators of our time, founded The Central Park East Secondary School in 1985. The historic Central Park East set a precedent for future small school developments throughout New York City and the nation. Deborah’s newest book, written with Brenda Engel and Beth Taylor, is Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public School Playground.

Reception and book signing to follow the event.

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