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Pedro Noguera        

Professor of Education, Founder of the Center for the Transformation of Schools UCLA

Pedro A. Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education.

A sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author, co-author and editor of 13 books. His most recent books are "The Crisis of Connection: Roots, Consequences and Solutions" with Niobe Way, Carol Gilligan and Alisha Ali (New York University Press, 2018) and "Race, Equity and Education: Sixty Years From Brown" with Jill Pierce and Roey Ahram (Springer, 2015).

He has published over 250 research articles in academic journals, book chapters in edited volumes, research reports and editorials in major newspapers. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute, the National Equity Project and The Nation. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on several national media outlets, and his editorials on educational issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and Los Angeles Times.

Prior to being appointed Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, Noguera served as a Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at UCLA he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2004–2015), Harvard University (2000–2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–2000).

Noguera was recently appointed to serve as a special advisor to the governor of New Mexico on education policy. He also advises the state departments of education in Washington, Oregon and Nevada. From 2009–2012 he served as a trustee for the State University of New York as an appointee of the governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education and Phi Delta Kappa honor society, and in 2020 Noguera was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Noguera has received seven honorary doctorates from American universities, and he recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and from the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

Speech Topics

Creating Conditions for Academic Excellence: What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind

In this talk, America's leading expert on public education tackles the growing issue of the academic achievement gap in American schools, giving examples of failed policy strategies as well as successful ones to break down why our education system is failing, and how we can fix it. To build a school system where no child is left behind, we must focus on creating schools where a child's race or social class is no longer a predictor for their performance. Why is the growing achievement gap between the best schools and the worst ones a glaring societal problem? What success stories can we turn to as examples of a better system? And, most importantly, is a massive reshaping of our public schools even possible? With infectious enthusiasm and passion, Noguera shares his vision for the school system of the future, and explains why we must demand it for today.

Challenging Racial Inequality in Our Schools

As a leading urban sociologist, Noguera examines how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. What are the challenges they face in providing safe, academically rewarding environments? What is the state of race relations, racial inequality? What is the role of diversity? What is the impact of violence, parents, and school vouchers? What factors promote student achievement? Which detract from it? What is the impact of immigration and migration? A realistic, hopeful speaker, Noguera shows you the hurdles we face in providing equal education to all -- and then unveils the solutions that are already working to overcome them.

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