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Department of Special Education - 100 year annivesary - A Century of Excellence
 
 
2007-2008 Speaker Series

The 2007-2008 Speaker Series was hosted by the Department of Teacher Education. Dr. Pat Williams-Boyd was Chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers included:

Dr. Jean Anyon

Dr. Jean Anyon

Dr. Jean Anyon

Jean Anyon is an acclaimed social activist and educational researcher.  Her work examines the impact of public policy on urban communities and schools.  A professor of Social and Educational Policy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Anyon’s work includes: Ghetto Schooling and Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education and a New Social Movement.

Topic: The Underfunding of Urban Education: Problems and Radical Possibilities
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2007
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (lecture)
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (reception and book signing)
Location: 203 Porter

 

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Dr. Deborah Meier

Dr. Deborah Meier

Dr. Deborah Meier

Deborah Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer and educational advocate. She was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public schools in New York City that are considered exemplary models of urban school reform. She is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award and many honorary degrees, and the author of numerous books including The Power of Their Ideas and Many Children Left Behind.

Topic: Educating for What? The Struggle for Democracy in Education
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (lecture)
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (reception and book signing)
Location: Roosevelt Auditorium

 

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Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Education and the Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University. An educator and urban sociologist, Noguera’s activist scholarship and research focuses on student achievement, youth violence, race, and ethnic relations.  He is the author of several books including City Schools and the American Dream and Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools.

Topic: The Schools We Need: The Limits and Possibilities of Using Education to Transform Impoverished Communities
Date: Thursday, March, 13, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (lecture)
9:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (reception and book signing)
Location: 203 Porter
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