Beyond the Business of Parallel Play: Engineering Change in METS

William F. Tate IV, Washington University in St. Louis

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:30pm

School of Education Colloquium Room, 5604 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh.

Talk Description

The lecture will focus on engineering quality academic and social opportunities for urban school students in the face of significant structural barriers including organizational tendencies to treat learning as a discrete set of isolated events.  Examples and models will be drawn from mathematics, science, engineering, and technology (METS) research and development.  The costs and benefits of success will be highlighted.

This presentation is available via webcast, including the presentation slides.

Professor Tate holds the Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professorship in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and serves as chair of the Department of Education. He holds other Arts & Sciences academic and research appointments in American Culture Studies, Center for Applied Statistics and Computation, and Urban Studies. He has served as a member of the executive committee of all three programs. His additional responsibilities include serving as the chair of the executive committee of the Center on Urban Research and Public Policy. His other university academic and research endeavors include serving as a participating faculty member in both the Public Health Institute (competitively selected) and Audiology and Communication Sciences program.

He serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Regional Competitiveness in Science and Technology (CSRCST). Center researchers examine the alignment of people, policy instruments, and partnerships as well as other relevant factors associated with regional scientific and technological growth and production. The center is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation.

Professor Tate has served as co-principal investigator of the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. The center provides technical assistance and targets improvements in culturally responsive practices, early intervention, literacy, and positive behavioral models to support the academic achievement of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers.

Prior to his Washington University appointment, he held the William and Betty Adams Chair of Mathematics Education and Mathematics at TCU and a tenured professorship at the University of Wisconsin ' Madison. He is formerly the Scholar-in-Residence and Assistant Superintendent ' Mathematics and Science of the Dallas Independent School District where he served as project director of the Urban Systemic Reform program funded by the National Science Foundation.

Professor Tate has authored scores of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, monographs, and textbooks focused on (1) human capital development in mathematics, science, and technology; (2) political economy of metropolitan regions; and (3) adolescent development and health in urban communities. He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He also has served as an editor of the American Educational Research Journal (Teaching, Learning, and Human Development Section). Among his research awards and fellowships, he has been an Anna Julia Cooper Fellow at the University of Wisconsin ' Madison, a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow at the University of Maryland at College Park, and the recipient of an Early Career Award (AERA) and Outstanding Scholar Awards (SIG: Research Focus on Black Education and the University of Maryland). He is completing post-doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Washington University Medical School.

Professor Tate, who holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree in mathematical sciences education from the University of Texas at Dallas, received his Ph.D. degree with a focus in mathematics education from the University of Maryland at College Park.