Dr. Pedro Noguera to Speak April 20 at SUNY Plattsburgh
PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Dr. Pedro Noguera, considered by some to be one of America's most
important voices on education reform and diversity, will speak at the State University
of New York College at Plattsburgh at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 in the Warren Ballrooms,
Angell College Center.
Noguera's public lecture on "Closing the Gap: City Schools and the American Dream" is part of the Presidents' Speakers Series and is free and open to the public.
A professor in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, Noguera
is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which
schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.
Noguera has published more than one hundred 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.
His work has appeared in several major research journals and many are available online. He is the author of The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada (Peter Lang Publishers, 1997), and his most recent book, City Schools and the American Dream , was published by Teachers College Press in the fall of 2003.
Noguera has served as a member of the U.S. Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control Taskforce on Youth Violence, chair of the Committee on Ethics in Research and Human Rights for the American Educational Research Association, and on numerous advisory boards to local and national education and youth organizations.
Noguera was a K-12 classroom teacher for several years and continues to teach part-time in high schools. From 1986-1988 he served as the executive assistant to the mayor of Berkeley (Ca.), and from 1990 to 1994, he was an elected member and the president of the Berkeley School Board.
In 1995 he received an award from the Wellness Foundation for his research on youth violence, in 1997 he was the recipient of the University of California's Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2001 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco and the Centennial Medal from Philadelphia University for his work in the field of education.
The Presidents' Speaker Series is sponsored by the offices of the presidents of Plattsburgh State and the Student Association and by College Auxiliary Services.
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