Lecture Series


This year marks the eighth annual Education Lecture Series. Sponsored by the School of Education, the series has welcomed some of the most influential leaders in education in the United States. Lectures are free and open to the public, and typically draw a large crowd from local educators, students, and community members.

Assistant Professor and series founder Art Maloney, EdD, says the 2010 theme was selected because "Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Klein, and other big city school leaders are measuring success based on closing the achievement gap between white and minority students." The series began in early March, and features the following renowned educators.



Topic: Towards a New Conversation About the Achievement and Development of African American Youth
Theresa Perry, EdD, is a professor of Africana Studies and education at Simmons College in Boston. Her research focuses on examining the relationship between the organization of an institution and the creation of African American students' social identities as achievers. Additionally, she serves as director of the Race, Education, and Democracy Lecture and Book Series. She is the author of Young Gifted and Black with Claude Steele and Asa Hilliard III.



Topic: From a Culture of Testing to a Community of Learning
George Wood is the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy. For the past 18 years, he has served as a secondary school principal in Stewart, Ohio. He is the author of several books, including Time to Learn, Schools that Work, and Many Children Left Behind (with Deborah Meier).



Topic: The Global Achievement Gap
Tony Wagner has worked to improve education in schools for the past 35 years. He spent 12 years as a high school teacher and has served as both a principal and a professor of teacher education. He is currently a global educational consultant, co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has been senior advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the past nine years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Global Achievement Gap.



Topic: Problems and Possibilities for Democratic Social Reform
Bill Ayers is a distinguished professor of education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society. His coursework focuses on interpretive and qualitative research, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. Additionally, he serves as vice president of the curriculum division of the American Educational Research Association, and is a member of the executive committee of the UIC Faculty Senate.