Fall Speakers Examine Issues in Urban Education

Does the experience of commuting to school have a profound effect on learning? Can school choice and family mobility collectively create a new “inner suburb”? Did school segregation in the 1920s result in today’s segregated neighborhoods?

These are some of the thought-provoking questions posed during this fall’s Doctoral Student Speakers Series. The upcoming series, organized by Johns Hopkins School of Education PhD students and presented collectively as “Schoolhouse Talk,” will host three leading education scholars as they present some of their most eye-opening research findings about education in America’s cities.

On October 24, Marc L. Stein, associate professor and director of the School of Education’s PhD program, will kick off the series with “Investigating Youth Commuting to School and School Disengagement,” examining the implications of his analysis of Baltimore transit data from public school students who ride city buses to school.

In a November 13 talk titled “Segregating the City: How Schools and Race Shaped Metropolitan America,” Walter C. Stern, assistant professor of educational policy studies and history, University of Wisconsin–Madison, will examine how a multi-faceted process of school segregation between World Wars contributed to the racially divided cities of America today.

Wrapping up the series, Julia Burdick-Will, assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Education and the Department of Sociology, will delve into “Structured Instability: School Mobility in Baltimore City and its Inner Suburb” on December 5.

Organized by doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, the Doctoral Speaker Series is supported by the JHU Alumni Association and the School of Education.

Investigating Youth Commuting to School and School Disengagement

October 24 | 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Segregating the City: How Schools and Race Shaped Metropolitan America

November 13 | 4 to 6 p.m.

Structured Instability: School Mobility in Baltimore City and its Inner Suburb

December 5 | 3:30 to 5 p.m.