NYU Professor Visits NECSD Teachers and Staff for Lecture on Education System
Recently, teachers from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District gathered at Newburgh Free Academy for a Superintendent’s Conference Day professional development speaking engagement with Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera. Dr. Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University.
Dr. Noguera spoke to the teachers and staff in attendance about the education system- especially for those in areas with high rates of poverty. “Poverty is not a learning disability”, he explained.
He discussed the importance of meeting the needs of all students, as well as staff needs, from a district standpoint. He expressed that it is important to be able to identify resources that meets student needs- both in and out of school. Overall, his lecture was about the importance of creating the opportunity for students to not only go to school, but learn- by moving from research to practice in order to close the achievement gap.
“We only get better when we focus on what we can do together,” explained Dr. Noguera. He explained the importance of training parents to becoming better teachers for their children both in and out of the classroom as well as strong community engagement in the schools.
Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions and the factors that obstruct and promote student achievement. He holds tenured faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at NYU. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). From 2008 until 2012, he served on the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees as an appointee of the Governor.
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