Recently I had my first opportunity to visit the beautiful state of Maine to give the Brodie Lecture at Bowdoin College. Before I get to the serious stuff, I’d like to share some of the photos from the visit.
During the Brodie lecture, I sought to address the issue of educational injustice, especially for students living in poverty, in the context of top-down education reforms. I discussed that educators, students, parents, and citizens are questioning the ways in which we hold charter schools accountable for student learning and performance. I also discussed strategies to improve student achievement and school success via community-based reform.
The Brodie Family Lectureship was established in 1997 by Theodore H. Brodie of the Class of 1952 and an Overseer of the College from 1983 to 1995. The income from this fund is designated to support an annual lecture at the College by a speaker of note in the field of education who would deliver a message on the subjects of problems and practices of teaching and learning. Mr. Brodie, CEO and owner of New England Insulation Company for 50 years, died peacefully on September 12, 2010.
Past lectures were given by Dr. Laura W. Perna, Sean F. Reardon, Diana Hess, Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Deborah L. Ball, Melissa Roderick, Diane Ravitch, Gregory Michie, Tommie Lindsey, Jonathan Zimmerman, Howard Gardner, Pedro Noguera, David Tyack, Charles V. Willie, William Ayers, Ellen Langer and Deborah W. Meier.
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