How to help all kids succeed: Pedro Noguera to share ideas

January 4, 2017
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Pedro Noguera (University of Washington) Pedro Noguera has spent a lot of time writing about race and equity — or the lack thereof — in America’s public-school system. A professor of education at the University of California in Los Angeles, Noguera has written nearly a dozen books as well as countless essays and articles on school reform, race and education, immigration, student discipline, achievement gaps and more. Noguera, who previously taught in public schools in Rhode Island and California, now wants to talk about what’s being done across the country to create and support classrooms that raise achievement for all students. He’ll share some of those success stories next week as part of a public lecture series hosted by the Graduate School at the University of Washington. The Jan. 10 event already is sold out, but standby seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. In a 30-minute interview, Noguera previewed what he plans to share with the audience and what promising solutions he’s seen in some Seattle-area schools. His responses have been edited for length. Q: Schools in Seattle have started experimenting with ways to dissolve divisions between their general-education and advanced-learning student populations. How does that compare to school systems elsewhere in the U.S.? A: Across the nation, we have often segregated kids on the basis of race and class, through both tracking and specifically through gifted and talented programs. That’s largely because what’s driving a child’s placement in that program is typically their backgrounds. Kids who are from higher (socioeconomic) backgrounds and who have college-educated parents are generally the...

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