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NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to hold Distinguished Educators Lecture on “Excellence with Equity: A Social Movement for the 21st Century”

 

Pace University’s School of Education to hold Distinguished Educators Lecture on “Excellence with Equity: A Social Movement for the 21st Century” with Ronald F. Ferguson, Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School

Pleasantville, NY – September 18, 2012 — What factors create racial disparities in academic performance? Why haven’t we addressed them? How can we close the gap and spur success?

Pace University’s School of Education will sponsor a Distinguished Educators Lecture on Tues., Oct. 23, in the Gottesman Room of the Kessel Student Center at 861 Bedford Road in Pleasantville from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join one of the nation’s foremost experts on education and economic development, Senior Harvard Lecturer Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, as he discusses a growing national movement to improve educational outcomes for students from all racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds.

Drawing on his recent book, Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap, Ferguson sets forth a compelling vision for change and “an urgent call to action” to all those concerned about the future of our children and our country. He will argue that the nation is in the early phases of a national social movement to improve educational outcomes for students from all racial, ethnic and social class backgrounds.  He will describe the major dimensions of that movement, emphasizing the urgency of improvements in teaching, parenting, peer culture, community engagement (including employers) and leadership.

Ferguson, a Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, is also an economist and Senior Research Associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. He has taught at Harvard since 1983, focusing on education and economic development. His research and writing for the past decade have focused on racial achievement gaps, appearing in a variety of publications.

He is the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement and also the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University. Ferguson earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and PhD from MIT, both in economics.

The event is free and open to the public. Register at www.pace.edu/FergusonLecture .

Contact Pace University: Merrill Lee Fuchs, 914-773-3884, mfuchs@pace.edu or Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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