Distinguished Educator & Economist Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, Speaks on Achievement and Equity in Lecture Presented by the School of Eduction

PLEASANTVILLE (October 2012) - Pace University’s School of Education was pleased to welcome Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, in the latest installment of the Distinguished Educators Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 23, with his presentation “Excellence With Equity: A Social Movement for the 21st Century.” The evening was attended by students, faculty, local school administrators and parents from the community. During his lecture, Dr. Ferguson detailed a vision for American education characterized by “excellence, with fulfillment and equity” and the components for success in which all students can be prepared for the demands of the 21st century economy.

Dr. Ferguson is one of the nation’s foremost experts in education and economic development, with much of his writing and research focused on racial achievement gaps.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, and is also an economist and Senior Research Associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.

Dr. Ferguson is also the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement, an innovative process of survey and analyses to evaluate teacher effectiveness by examining current knowledge, pedagogic skill and relationships. In an earlier afternoon lecture attended by more than 70 students, faculty and staff, Dr. Ferguson briefly presented data demonstrating the characteristics of teachers that translate into academic success for students, not just on standardized tests, but to create lifelong learners. In addition to Dr. Ferguson's engaging research, he also shared original poems that express a unique perspective in the discussion of academic achievement and equity.

For more information, or to learn about future School of Education events like the Distinguished Educators Lecture Series, please contact Merrill Lee Fuchs at (914) 773-3884 or SOEevents@pace.edu

Multimedia content from Dr. Ferguson's lecture is now available:

The video of Dr. Ferguson's lecture is now available, and may also be viewed on your Apple device via iTunesU.

Dr. Ferguson's presentation and selection of poems.

Photos from Dr. Ferguson's visit.