Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Race and Education: The color and caste of achievement in the classroom

I'll be at any event that my friend and ed-warrior James Forman will be at!


Race and Education: The color and caste of achievement in the classroom


Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 7:00- 8:30 p.m.


Room 216, Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South


Featuring Presenters: Professor Pedro Noguera, NYU Steinhardt Professor James Forman, Jr., Georgetown Law, Visiting NYU Law Moderated by Professor Peggy Cooper Davis, NYU Law


This special presentation will offer a critical and constructive examination of race and inequality in today's schools.  The two speakers will discuss controversial issues such as the "achievement gap" and its causes, charter schools, zero tolerance policies, and current efforts – or lack thereof – to promote racial integration in schools.


Distinguished scholars and authors, Professor Noguera and Professor Forman, will share their perspectives on the role of the Obama administration and offer insights into the strengths and limitations of that current role.  Professor Noguera and Professor Forman will also engage the audience of students, educators, lawyers, and organizers to imagine alternative models of learning that provides more equitable and sustainable opportunities for disenfranchised communities.


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About the Presenters:


Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University and is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.  An urban sociologist, Noguera focuses his research on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment, which has included collaboration with several large urban school districts in the United States and scholarship on education and social and economic development in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Full bio:


James Forman, Jr. is a professor at Georgetown Law Center and visiting faculty at NYU Law.  Forman worked with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., and co-founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.  The school is recognized as a national success, combining rigorous education, job training, counseling, mental health services, life skills, and dormitory living for school dropouts and youth who have previously been incarcerated.  Full bio:


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