Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, has a lengthy interview in the Winter issue of Education Next, talking about school reform. An architect of the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BPA), Noguera argues that for school reform to have meaningful results, schools must begin meeting the social and emotional needs of students living in areas of concentrated poverty. These include inadequate health, housing, and nutrition needs.
Representing an alternate view, Joe Williams of the Education Equality Project (EEP), advocates for stronger accountability programs within schools and for greater resources within schools to help close the racial achievement gap.
The two leaders are interviewed at length on their respective approaches and discuss such issues as universal standards, school choice, teacher performance pay, early childhood education, and accountability systems.
According to Noguera, “BBA advocates providing universal access to health care for children, quality early-childhood education, and expanded access to extended learning opportunities, after school and during the summer. While these measures alone will not guarantee higher student achievement or large-scale school improvement, they are essential for creating a context in which other education reforms can be effective.”
To read the full Education Next article, click here.
To watch a video interview with Professor Noguera, click below.