Urban Education Symposium set for Oct. 24

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Simmons College Professor Theresa Perry to speak at 7 p.m.

Perry_EducationSeriesDr. Theresa Perry will be the guest speaker at the Equity & Excellence in Urban Education Symposium on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in the Great Hall at the Allen Chapman Activity Center. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. with the lecture to begin at 7 p.m.

Perry is a Simmons College professor, director of the Simmons College/Beacon Press Education and Democracy Lecture and Book Series and 2010 recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Community Change for her leadership in challenging structural racism. Her lecture is sponsored by the TU School of Urban Education.

Perry has been a consultant to school districts as well as individual schools on the development of policies and practices that support academic achievement among African-American students.

She is coauthor with the late Asa Hilliard III and Claude Steele of Young Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students and coeditor with Lisa Delpit of The Real Ebonics Debate: Power Language and the Education of African American Students.

Before joining the Simmons College faculty, Perry was dean of the undergraduate division, dean of the faculty and vice president for community relations at Wheelock College. While she was dean, Wheelock was one of seven colleges selected by the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching as having an exemplary teacher preparation program. Perry led the faculty in the integration of content about race, class and ethnicity throughout the curriculum; increased the representation of faculty of color to 25 percent; and developed robust partnerships with Boston Public Schools. 

Monday's lecture at TU is free and open to the public.


Daniella Cook