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Lecture: 'The Ambitious Elementary School and Educational Inequality'

Thursday, 06 December, 2018

The School of Education’s Education Lecture Series will present at talk by Stephen Raudenbush, Ph.D., of the University of Chicago at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Boileau Hall.

Raudenbush is the Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is a leading scholar on quantitative methods for studying child and youth development within social setting such as classrooms, schools, and neighborhoods. He has also developed measurement tools applied to the design and analysis of longitudinal and multilevel research.

Raudenbush’s talk, “The Ambitious Elementary School and Educational Inequality,” will focus on some deny that schools can have much effect on inequality in a world where enduring economic, neighborhood, and family inequality constrain the life chances of low-income children.

And 60 years of research suggest that family differences are more important than school differences in shaping educational attainment. Yet precisely because family differences are so influential, schooling is especially important for low-income youth.

In this talk, he will present a new theory that explains why low-income children benefit more from early schooling than do high-income children; why this equalizing effect diminishes with child age; and why elementary school improvement is so essential for reducing inequality.

Raudenbach will also share new evidence from a multi-year randomized trial that illustrates the potential power of an ambitious elementary school to promote the mathematics and reading achievement of low-income minority children. The design of this school challenges ingrained notions about teaching, school organization, and the potential of currently underserved children to grow intellectually.

Lunch will follow the talk.

RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 4, by clicking here.

The series is co-sponsored by the School of Education and Office of the Vice President for Research.