Our 2009-10 Colloquium Series: Preparing Students for Life Beyond K-12

The purpose of the Learning Policy Center Colloquium Series is to create an informed dialogue between researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and university students around timely national and local education policy questions. To view live webcasts for any events, click link indicated below at the time of each event (all are listed for Eastern Standard Time).

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 (All day)

Derrick Lopez, Chief of High School Reform, Pittsburgh Public Schools
William Isler, School Board President, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Rachel Bird, Senior Policy Analyst, Strong American Schools ED in '08 Campaign

The Learning Policy Center and Strong American Schools ED in '08 Campaign sponsored a screening of 2 Million Minutes, a provocative documentary about how the three superpowers of the 21st Century - China, India, and the United States - are preparing their students for the future. Strong American Schools ED in '08 campaign senior staff discussed the presidential candidates' education agendas and the role of education in the election,...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (All day)

Abstract: Classroom teachers are, again, being buffeted by recommendations for improving their teaching in order to raise students' performance. Mathematics teachers are receiving more than their share of conflicting advice from numerous experts and interest groups. Most advocates for one teaching approach or another claim the support of research findings. What does the research actually say about how we currently are teaching mathematics in the U.S. and about what aspects of teaching we should change to improve students' achievement? Although the story is complicated,...

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 (All day)

The University of Pittsburgh's Learning Policy Center (LPC) featured Susan Fuhrman, president of the Teachers College at Columbia University, and Ron Cowell, president of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC), at a colloquium titled "The Role of States in Education Reform."

Fuhrman and Cowell's...

Thursday, October 25, 2007 (All day)

All students, no matter where they live, have the right to a quality education that will prepare them for life. In the past, high school graduates could be placed in high-paying jobs without high level skills in mathematics or reading. But the workplace is changing. Occupations that pay enough to support a family - jobs like electrical work, construction, upholstering, and plumbing - now demand the same math and reading skills it takes to be successful in college. Two-thirds of new jobs being created in today's economy require higher education or advanced training. College prep is...

Thursday, September 13, 2007 (All day)

Abstract: Schools of education are under fire -- again. Critics point to the uselessness of education research, the low intellectual demand of teacher education, and the weak academic qualifications of education students and their professors. Disdain for schools of education is not new; from Koerner (1963) to Reid Lyon, criticisms have been heaped on the colleges, schools, and departments whose central mission is "education." Even ed school scholars have been among the sharpest e.g., Labaree, Levine).

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