CPS Presents Pedro Noguera

Education and Civil Rights

Join us at University of Massachusetts Boston to hear the education scholar and author Pedro Noguera speak on education and civil rights in the 21st Century on Monday, Dec. 2. Education is frequently described as the civil rights issue of the 21st century by politicians calling for policy changes and reform. However, the most important civil rights issue involving education in the 20th century, school segregation, remains largely unresolved, and despite the controversy it once generated, it is rarely mentioned as an important social issue that should be addressed.


Pedro Noguera

In this presentation, Dr. Noguera will analyze the current reform agenda being promoted by states, the federal government and various advocacy groups.  He will also explore why issues pertaining to racial segregation and social inequality are no longer considered central to school change initiatives and the implication of allowing these issues to be ignored.  Finally, he will consider the possibilities for change that exist in the current period given the constraints confronting public schools.

Dr. Noguera has published over 150 research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society.  He is the author of City Schools and the American Dream  (Teachers College Press, 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation’s Schools (Josey Bass, 2006), The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008), and Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap with A. Wade Boykin (ASCD, 2011).

The program begins at 6:30 p.m., after a reception with refreshments and book sales and signing by Dr. Noguera at 5:30 p.m. The program will include brief opening remarks by:

* Jessica Tang, Teacher Activist Group-Boston Founding Member and Director of Organizing at the Boston Teachers Union
* Virginia Chalmers, Principal of Young Achievers Math and Science Academy (a BPS school),  featured in the PBS documentary Schools that Change Communities

After Dr. Noguera’s remarks, there will be time for questions and answers.

When: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (A reception with refreshments, book sales and signing begins at 5:30 p.m.)
Where: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Ryan Lounge

For directions and a map of the campus, click here.

NOTE: UMass Boston students, faculty and staff do not need to register online unless they would like to make a donation to Citizens for Public Schools. To RSVP, email guisbond@mit.edu.

Our generous co-sponsors include the UMass Boston College of Education and Human Development, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Applied Linguistics Department, The Labor Resource Center, and the Gaston Institute.