April 13th, 2019
Role of Teachers in Creating
a More Equitable and Just Society
Education is implicated in the reproduction of inequality in society. However, education can also potentially serve as a means through which societies can become more just and equitable. In order for education to serve as a force for positive social transformation, teachers must be empowered as agents of change. Dr. Noguera will discuss strategies that are being utilized successfully by teachers, even in the most disadvantaged communities where the needs are great to motivate, engage and meet the learning needs of their students.
Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of twelve books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003 – 2015) Harvard University (2000 – 2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990 – 2000). From 2009 - 2012 he served as a Trustee for the State University of New York (SUNY) as an appointee of the Governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences, from the National Association of Secondary Principals, and from the McSilver Institute at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.