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The 2020 Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D., Lecture (Online)

The Equity Lens Needed for 21st Century School Reform

Presented by: Edward Fergus, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Urban Education and Policy, Temple University

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
5:30 p.m. via Zoom Webinar
Read about the lecture here.

How do disciplinary codes of conduct, gifted program practices, and academic referral processes impact the educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority student populations? Edward Fergus, Ph.D., an associate professor, former high school teacher, program evaluator, and community school program director will examine how the relationships between these practices affect the educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority student populations. Fergus’ current work is on the intersection of educational policy and outcomes, with a specific focus on Black and Latino boys’ academic and social engagement outcomes, disproportionality in special education and suspensions, and school climate conditions.

The conversations on disproportionate patterns in schools historically center on the role of policy and practice in contributing to these outcomes. Please join us for a lecture and panel discussion focusing on the role of bias-based beliefs as a fabric of school culture and its impact on setting the stage for disproportionate outcomes. In addition, this session will involve discussion on how to weave an unpacking and replacement of these bias-based beliefs into policy and practice reform work.

Following the talk will be a panel discussion among four school and district leaders who are actively applying Fergus' work to improve equity in school conditions and outcomes.

Panel facilitator:
Elizabeth Stosich, Ed.D., assistant professor, Fordham GSE Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy

Meisha Ross Porter, executive superintendent for the Bronx
Denise Williams, instructional lead for equity and access for the Bronx Central Office
Lori Baker, principal, P.S. 160 Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School
Harry Sherman, principal, M.S. 127

About Edward Fergus, Ph.D.

Edward Fergus, Ph.D. received a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Beloit College and a doctorate in educational policy and social foundations from the University of Michigan.

About Barbara Jackson

Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D., was a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy at the Graduate School of Education from 1987 to 2008 and served as chair of the division from 1997 to 2003. GSE established a lecture series in her name to honor her distinguished scholarship and contributions to the field of educational leadership.