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Why the Excellence Gap Matters for Civil Rights


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

5:30 - 6:00 pm Reception

6:00 – 7:30 pm Public Forum

Johns Hopkins School of Education
Great Hall
2800 N. Charles St., Baltimore
Parking available behind SOE building

Jonathan A. Plucker
Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development
School of Education and Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University

James L. Moore, III
EHE Distinguished Professor of Urban Education
Executive Director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male
The Ohio State University

Mike Petrilli
President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Executive Editor, Education Next

Ariel Bowers
Integration and Test Engineer, James Webb Space Telescope
Ingenuity Project, Class of 2009

In conversation with
David Steiner
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

What happens to talented students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds? American education reform has focused on students’ reaching minimal levels of proficiency but fails to engage and support our country’s promising, but underserved, children. This results in an incalculable loss for our children and our nation. Join the Institute for Education Policy for a conversation on why the excellence gap is worthy of attention from educators, policymakers, and the civil rights community.

The discussion is anchored in Jonathan Plucker’s latest book, Excellence Gaps in Education: Expanding Opportunities for Talented Students, co-authored with Scott Peters, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's upcoming analysis, High Stakes for High Achievers: State Accountability Systems in the Age of ESSA.

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This program is co-sponsored by The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and The Ingenuity Project


New York


High-Quality Curricula and Student Success


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

5:30 - 6:00 PM Reception

6:00 - 7:30 PM Public Forum

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College
47-49 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Thomas Kane
Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Matthew Chingos
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Rebecca Kockler
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education

In conversation with

David Steiner
Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

Districts and states usually spend relatively little time evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the curricula used in their schools. Yet strong evidence suggests that selecting high-quality curricula remains a more cost-effective way to improve student learning than other, more popular, interventions, such as decreasing class size or giving merit pay to successful teachers. What does the research actually say, and where does it lead us? Are there districts and states that have prioritized strong curricula, and to what effect? What are the organizational challenges to doing so, and how might we overcome them?


Please join us for a conversation with state and district leaders whose curricular initiatives have had a positive effect on student outcomes.

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This program is made possible by the generous support of the Achelis & Bodman Foundation.

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