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Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D. Lecture: The Equity Lens Needed for 21st Century School Reform


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 the relationships between these practices and the educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority student populations during the Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D. lecture on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held via a Zoom Webinar.

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. Fergus is currently associate professor of Urban Education and Policy at Temple University, and 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.

Register here. Please register by October 21 at 12 p.m.

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 Graduate School of Education

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

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.


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