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Education expert to speak at ECSU

By MICHELLE FIRESTONE

Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLIMANTIC — An internationally renowed expert on student poverty and educational equity will visit Windham High School and Eastern Connecticut State University Tuesday.

Pedro Noguera, a distinguished professor of education at the graduate school of education and information sciences at the University of California Los Angeles, will speak at the ECSU Fine Arts Instructional Center concert hall from 9 to 10 a.m.

The event is free and open to all.

Noguera will tour Windham High and meet with small groups of students and teachers in the afternoon during a portion of the program that is not open to the public.

The visit is part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern and honors the Windham Public School system’s commitment to celebrating diversity.

“I have studied Pedro Noguera’s work and am an admirer of his efforts to shine a light on equity in education,” Windham Superintendent of Schools Patricia Garcia said in a press release.

“Our district mission states that we provide all Windham students equitable access to a high-quality education. School districts like Windham face unusual challenges and our staff should be inspired by Dr. Noguera’s perspective and strategies to address equity.

“We are grateful to Dean Jacob Easley at ECSU for working with us to bring Dr. Noguera here. We are truly honored that he has agreed to spend time with us.”

Noguera is the author of several best-selling books and more than 200 research articles on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement and the role of education in community development, according to a press release from the school district.

The press release states he is also a commentator on education issues for various national news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio.

For more information on Noguera, visit www.pedronoguera.com.

 

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