Pedro Noguera presents, "Building the Capacity of Schools to Meet Student Needs."
While the movement to raise academic standards and increase accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to the need to raise student achievement, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that improve the quality of teaching and learning. Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to build the capacity of schools to meet the needs of the students they serve. This presentation will describe how such strategies are being implemented successfully at a small number of successful schools in the United States. It will also provide concrete strategies for schools to develop effective partnerships with community organizations and parents that can help in furthering efforts to raise achievement and transform the culture and structure of schools.
Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education and executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York State University.