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Community-Based Education Policy. Julian Vasquez Heilig, September 24, 2015

Education Reform: What instead?
Community-Based Education Policy as the Alternative to Top-Down, Private Control

Thursday, September 24, at 4:00pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor of Northrop

A conversation and reception featuring Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

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NOW is the time to discuss community-based reform efforts designed to improve student achievement and school success as an alternative to the decades-long era of increasing private control in education. The top-down nature of school reform in urban communities has prompted educators, students, parents, and citizens alike to question the ways in which we hold public schools accountable for student learning and performance. Given increased support for testing and standardization, policies incentivizing the expansion of school vouchers and charters, assessment of students and teachers linked to test scores, and a federal role in education of historic proportions, this lecture will consider community-based reforms within current school reform discourse and the education policy landscape. In smaller group discussions will we will discuss new notions of community organizing for school improvement via social media and other platforms.

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State Sacramento. In addition to his educational work, he has held a variety of research and practitioner positions in organizations from Boston to Beijing. These experiences have provided formative professional perspectives to bridge research, theory, and practice. His current research includes quantitatively and qualitatively examining how high-stakes testing and accountability- based reforms and market reforms impact urban minority students. Heilig’s research interests also include issues of access, diversity, and equity in higher education. He blogs at Cloaking Inequity, and tweets @ProfessorJVH.

This talk is cosponsored by the 2014-15 IAS Private for the Public Good? Collaborative, the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, the Department of Communication Studies, the College of Education and Human Development, and the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies. It is free and open to the public. Heilig was interviewed by the Bat of Minerva.

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