Tag Archives: education policy

Andy Ribner ’14 Presents: Technology in Education

Andy Ribner ’14 has had his own tag for a while now. So has “free food.” This event fulfills both categories:

Interested in the growing role of technology in education? Interested in free dinner? Come to PAC107 Thursday night at 7!

What is the power of curriculum and how can the use of computer tablets serve as a tool for enhancing students’ learning? Come experience a science instructional sequence that engages students in active learning, in which their investigations give rise to deep learning. Learn about how the current policy context in K-12 schools supports this approach to instruction and discuss the affordances of technology in creating opportunities for learner-centered curriculum.

Education Policy Speaker Series: Shamus Khan

Good ol’ Andy Ribner ’14 is making a break with routine, with an event slated for 4:30 this afternoon, if you’re looking to perhaps avoid or deconstruct “How Lawyers Write”:

Come hear Professor Shamus Khan of Columbia University speak on his book “Privilege”.

From Columbia’s website:
“Khan is currently researching the history of elites in New York City, the structure of fame, and deliberative decision-making in multiethnic groups.

With a primary focus on inequality, Khan’s first book, Privilege, explored the life of an elite boarding school. Rather than write on the poor, Khan emphasizes the importance of knowing more about the rich when making sense of contemporary inequality. Khan has also written on the development of gender theory and political decision-making. He is editing a book on research methodology, The Practice of Research (Oxford) and a monograph on the Elite New York, Exceptional: The Elites of New York and the Story of American Inequality.”

Date: Today, November 29th
Time: 4:30pm
Place: PAC001
Facebook Event: Link.

Education Policy Speaker Series: Beth Bye

Andy Ribner ’14 believes that you may be interested in politics, education, and other important topics. If so:

From Wikipedia:

“Bye is a long-time resident of West Hartford and was first elected to the school board in 2001. She is the former director of Trinity
College Community Child Care and the School for Young Children at Saint Joseph College. Beth has been involved with the development of 3 preschool facilities since 2000: The School for Young Children in West Hartford, The Charter School for Young Children in Hartford and The Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School in Bloomfield.

Education Policy Speaker Series: Barbara Madeloni

Insert snarky crack about how Andy Ribner ’14 should talk about education for once:

Come hear Barbara Madeloni, former director of the secondary school teacher preparation program at UMass Amherst, speak about teacher preparation and her struggles with the changing landscape of evaluation. Madeloni, despite excellent reviews, was asked to leave when she spoke out against a new certification process run by for-profit education company Pearson.

For more information, click here.

Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: PAC 002
Cost: Free

Education Policy Speaker Series: Charles DePascale

When in doubt, the answer is "C"...

Think you’re free of everything related to standardized testing now that you’re in college? Andrew Ribner ’14 says “Think again!!”

In conjunction with WesJustEd and its weekly speaker series on US education policy, Dr. Charles DePascale visits campus to discuss standardized testing and evaluation in education today.

More information on the speaker himself:

DePascale is a Senior Associate with the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. The Center, based in Dover, New Hampshire, provides consulting services to help states and districts foster higher student achievement through improved practices in educational assessment and accountability. Prior to joining the Center in 2002 he served as principal psychometrician for the student assessment unit of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Place: PAC002
Cost: Free

By The Numbers: A Twice-Monthly Quantitative Analysis Center Seminar

Do you like numbers hidden in social research the way some people like veggies hidden in meatloaf? The numbers are coming to you tomorrow. From Rosa Hayes ’13:

By The Numbers is a twice-monthly seminar series sponsored by the Quantitative Analysis Center showcasing student research in the social sciences. This is a forum for students to present ongoing research and receive feedback from students and faculty. If you have done research, are currently doing research, or are just interested in learning more about contemporary topics in the social sciences, we hope to see you there! 

Education Policy Speaker Series: Ansley Erickson

Andrew Ribner ’14 wants you all to know about the next event in the Education Policy Speaker Series:

Come hear Assistant Professor of History and Education Ansley Erickson of Teachers College in New York City talk about Persistent Segregation and the Idea of Choice in American Education.

Erickson is an educational historian who focuses on educational inequality and the interaction between schooling, urban and
metropolitan space, and economic change. She has worked with a number of reform groups and has done ethnographic research in urban schools in New York City.

*This is a part of a weekly speaker series on Education Policy in the US.

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: PAC 002

Education Policy Speaker Series: Jack Dougherty—No Relation to Claire

TheAndy Ribner ’14 Gives a Fuck About Education” Lecture Series continues this afternoon with Jack Dougherty, professor at Trinity:

Professor Jack Dougherty of Trinity College, will be speaking on the history of education via the niche of education in Hartford: how has the civil rights movement and housing influenced education in Central Connecticut?

Note: This is part of a weekly speaker series on Education Policy.

Date: Today, September 11
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: PAC002
Cost: Free

Sign up For New Student Forum: Education Policy in the United States

Portuguese Water Dogs have nothing to do with Education Policy. That doesn’t mean they aren’t cute.

Sydney Lewis ’14 writes in to tell us about a new student forum, Education Policy in the United States, targeting those sociologically-intrigued Wesminds. This forum is being lead by Lewis, Andy Ribner ‘14 and Catherine Doren ‘13The class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-6, with the first meeting being this Thursday. If Education Policy tickles your fancy, than this basic course description will really rev your engines: 

This forum will provide students with an understanding of education policy in the United States. Based on the interest in WeSFER (Students for Education Reform), the new Study of Education Certificate, and other education activism on campus, there seems to be a great deal of energy and interest among students interested in education. This forum will address those interests and support student activism for education reform by providing students with a strong background in education policy.

Race, Power and the Environment at the DFC

Antwi Akom
Come over to the Daniel Family Commons after dinner tomorrow  to celebrate Black History Month with an incredible lecture by Antwi Akom (all the way from the Bay Area!) entitled “Race, Power and the Environment: Building a Youth-Led Climate Justice Movement in Cities and Schools.”

Akom is a leading expert on the green economy, climate change, and educational equity. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity.

Date: Tuesday, February 15th
Time: 7:15 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons
Cost: nothing