NYU’s Noguera to present alternative model for school reform Feb. 9


Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, will speak about the effects of economics on academic achievement from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Wyatt Center Rotunda.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.

A substantial body of evidence shows that past school reform initiatives have largely failed to improve schools in urban areas. A review of major reforms over the last 30 years indicates that prior efforts did not address the numerous ways poverty influences student academic outcomes and school performance.

Noguera will present this research and address an alternative model for school reform that examines economic influences on academic achievement. As an urban sociologist, his scholarship and research focus on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment.

Noguera will discuss a strategy for school improvement that is under way in Newark, N.J., based on the premise that educational reforms must be designed to counter and mitigate the effects of social and economic conditions in the local environment. Noguera says the Newark strategy, which follows an approach that has been pursued by the Harlem Children’s Zone and the Children’s Aid Society, is a model for how schools in distressed neighborhoods might experience success.

This event is hosted by Peabody’s Department of Teaching and Learning with support from Camilla Benbow, the Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, and the Black Migration Symposium, which will be take place at Vanderbilt Feb. 10-11.