How Schools Can Make a Difference: A Broader and Bolder Approach to School Reform
Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture - Pedro Noguera
November 12, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sanford Rhodes Conference Room
Sanford School of Public Policy
Low-income students typically experience a variety of pressures outside of school that influence their academic performance within school. Health issues, nutrition, concerns related to violence and crime, housing stability, and mental health are just some examples of issues external to schools that significantly impact the academic performance of students. Additionally, these conditions often have an impact upon the perspectives students have about their future: whether or not they see college as a realistic option, what careers they believe are possible for them, or whether or not they think they will live long enough to have their own families. Research has shown that such perceptions have tremendous impact upon student behavior in school and the students' overall orientation toward learning.
Given the importance of external conditions on student achievement, a growing number of schools are recognizing that they must have some ability to influence the factors that are affecting the development of children outside of school. Drawing on research from urban sociology and research carried out with schools in Newark, Houston, Denver, and the Eastern Cape of South Africa, this presentation will explore the types of strategies that schools have developed to form effective collaborative relationships with community-based organizations to counter the adverse influence of poverty on student learning and child development. The presentation will lay out some of the steps that schools can take to mitigate the effects of external pressures and constraints that can undermine academic achievement. The speaker, Pedro Noguera, will also present practical suggestions regarding actions that schools, districts, and other public agencies can take to support schools.
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 at NYU. 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.
He is the author of seven books and over 150 research articles, monographs, and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the potential impact of school choice and vouchers on urban public schools, and race and ethnic relations in American society.
A former teacher, Noguera is the author of Creating the Opportunity to Learn; City Schools and the American Dream; Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation's Schools; City Kids, City Teachers; Invisible No More: Understanding and Responding to the Disenfranchisement of Latino Males; and The Trouble With Black Boysâ€¦and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education. He appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. Noguera serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations including the Economic Policy Institute and The Nation magazine. In 2009 he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve as a Trustee for the State University of New York.
Please join us for a reception immediately following the talk.