Urban schools have been in a perpetual state of reform for more than thirty years, yet many schools in our major cities continue to struggle. Is something wrong with the approach we have taken? If so, what? WBEZ Reporter, Linda Lutton, will interview Professor Pedro Noguera on the lessons we should learn from these costly efforts and what might be a better direction for the future.
Dr. Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions and the factors that obstruct and promote student achievement. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU. Dr. Noguera is also the executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton covers schools, education and issues affecting youth. Prior to joining WBEZ in 2008, Linda worked as a freelance reporter and radio producer in Michoacán, Mexico and previously as lead education reporter at the Daily Southtown. Linda’s reporting has appeared in the Chicago Reader, In These Times, Education Week, the Chicago Tribune, and others. She has contributed radio reports to This American Life, NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, The World, and Marketplace.