Friday, January 28, 2011

Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) continues its Education Policy Initiative Seminar Series

Tags: class size, deans updates, jacob, secondary education

On Monday, January 31, 2011, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will continue its Education Policy Initiative Seminar Series with the panel discussion “Does Size Matter? The Role of Small High Schools in Reforming Public Education.” The discussion is scheduled from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ford School, Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall. The panel will be moderated by Brian A. Jacob, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy and director of CLOSUP, and will include Howard Bloom, chief social scientist at MDRC, Johnathon Matthews, principal of Cody Academy of Public Leadership, and Michael Tenbusch, vice president for education preparedness at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

Over the past two decades, many urban school districts have restructured large, traditional high schools into smaller learning communities. The idea behind this movement is that small schools provide a more personalized learning environment that allows teachers to more effectively address the multi-faceted needs of disadvantaged students. Despite mixed evidence on the efficacy of such reforms in practice, Detroit and other high-poverty districts have pressed forward with the creation of smaller high schools. A recent study of small high schools in NYC shows positive results, but also raises additional questions about small schools. In this panel, speakers will discuss the new results of the NYC study as well as the ongoing efforts among the small school community in the Detroit area.

This event is free and open to the public. I hope that you can attend what promises to be an interesting and informative panel discussion. For more information visit the CLOSUP website or call 734.647.4091.

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