Friday, September 30, 2011

DL21C - Shael Polakow-Suransky, Pedro Noguera on Classroom Accountability

This looks interesting – in NYC:

Tuesday, October 4

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm   

DL21C - Shael Polakow-Suransky, Pedro Noguera on Classroom Accountability


Location TBD

Join DL21C's Education Committee next Tuesday, October 4 for a discussion on teacher accountability, with two of New York's top education officials: Shael Polakow-Suransky (NYC's Chief Academic Officer) and Pedro Noguera, SUNY Trustee and NYU Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education.

"Teacher accountability" is considered of the most controversial issues in the NYC schools. Mr. Polakow-Suransky and Dr. Noguera will discuss the DOE's plans for accountability as well as other issues associated with accountability, including testing and the recent decision in New York to wait before seeking the No Child Left Behind waiver. It promises to be an frank and substantial discussion of the progress being made in NYC's schools and the challenges ahead.

Doors Open 6:15pm

Location TBD

Free for Annual Members; $5/everyone else

To learn more about DL21C and become an Annual Member, visit

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.

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