Save the Date: April 18th, 2013 – Academic Achievement: It’s Not So Black and White

Academic Achievement: It’s Not So Black and White, brings together four experts in the Sociology of Education whose research addresses questions of 1.) why gaps in academic achievement persist between racial and ethnic groups and 2.) what works to eliminate these gaps. This panel discussion will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 12pm in the Carroll room of the Stamp Student Union.

Panelists include:

 -Dr. Angel Harris, Princeton University, author of Kids Don’t Want to Fail
-Dr. Karl Alexander, Johns Hopkins University, author of Children, Schools, and Inequality
-Dr. Odis Johnson, University of Maryland, Primary Investigator, NSF and AERA grant “Ecological Determinants of the Achievement Gap”

Moderated by Dr. Patricia Hill Collins, author of Another Kind of Public Education

Please consider attending and also including this session in your syllabi for next semester. To help prepare undergraduate classes for full participation in this session, we have created a slide set and a classroom activity that can be adapted for use in your course for teaching about education inequality and education justice. Please email Meg Austin Smith ( for these materials.


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