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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Riall Lecturer Noguera Speaks on Diversity in Schools March 10

SALISBURY, MD---The federal No Child Left Behind Act has set broad goals for every school in the United States—but how can those goals be achieved when every school is different?

Pedro Noguera, director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education in New York, explores how diversity and socio-economic conditions affect student performance as this semester’s E. Pauline Riall Lecturer at Salisbury University. He presents the talk “Challenging Racial Inequality in Our Schools” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

A former graduate professor at Harvard University and a regular guest on CNN, Noguera is the author of several books, including The Promise of Public Education and Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools. A part-time high school teacher and professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, he recently helped launch the organization A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education. The group brings together public policy experts in fields including education, housing and civil rights in hopes of breaking what he calls “a decades-long cycle of reform efforts that promised much and have achieved far too little.”

An urban sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. He has served as an advisor and engaged in collaborative research with several large urban school districts throughout the United States.

He has conducted research on education and economic and social development issues in the Caribbean, Latin America and several other countries throughout the world. He is also the former director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hispanic Business Magazine has named him one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States.” Other honors include the Whitney Young Award of Leadership in Education and Philadelphia University’s Centennial Medal.

The E. Pauline Riall Lecture Series is named in honor of its founder, the long-time principal and teacher at SU’s Campus School. The series’ purpose is to bring to the University and community outstanding national lecturers in the field of education.

Sponsored by the Samuel W. and Marilyn C. Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, Noguera’s lectures are free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-546-6012 or visit the SU Web site at

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