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The Saint Louis University Education Speaker Series was initiated in 2018 by SLU's School of Education and the Office of the Vice President for Research. 

Lectures are presented on the SLU campus approximately monthly on current topics in the world of education policy. Speakers include researchers and practitioners from around the country who are actively engaged in education or in education research.

The objective of the speaker series is to generate discussion and promote interest in issues related to education policy and to create an opportunity for SLU faculty and students to interact with leaders in the field of education. 

Each lecture will be preceded by a lunch at 11:30 a.m., with the lecture starting at noon. Please email elizabeth.nutt@slu.edu with any questions.

Upcoming Speakers

 

November 15, 2019: Tiffany Anderson, Ed.D.

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Lecture Title: Transformational Leadership: Eliminating Opportunity Gaps
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.
RSVP Deadline: November 13, 2019 
 
Be inspired to think beyond the traditional methods used to disrupt poverty and low academic performance. Tiffany Anderson, Ed.D., will share inspirational stories that highlight strategies used to close opportunity gaps in schools resulting in improved achievement. Hear how staff members in three different school districts she led helped transform a school system to eliminate achievement gaps and meet over 90 percent of state standards. Anderson will share researched-based, tiered intervention systems of support that influence academic achievement and provide practical strategies that you can use to disrupt poverty and improve low academic performance. Participants will gain data-driven strategies that Anderson has successfully implemented and that have been highlighted nationally by universities, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
 

Tiffany Anderson, Ed.D., is the Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools USD 501 and has been a public school educator for more than 24 years. Anderson will also be a keynote speaker at the 2019 ASCD Conference on November 9, 2019. She will be presenting, "Transforming Schools for Excellence Through Leadership: Eliminating Opportunity Gaps." 

Suggested Readings:

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December 3, 2019: John Pijanowski, Ph.D.

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Lecture Title: Mind the Gap: Translating moral thinking into moral doing
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.
 
 John Pijanowski, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Arkansas and a former administrator with 25 years of experience. His current research focuses on how people translate moral thinking into moral action, self care, and leadership development.
 
Suggested Readings:
  • TBD

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January 16, 2020: Shaun Dougherty, Ed.D.

Lecture Title: TBD
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.
 
Shaun Dougherty, Ed.D., is an associate professor of public policy and education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. His research emphasizes the use of quantitative research methods to evaluate the impact of educational policies and programs.
 
Suggested Readings:
  • TBD

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February 11, 2020: Michael Hayes, Ph.D.

Lecture Title: TBD
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.
 
Michael Hayes, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University. His research interests include public budgeting and finance, K-12 education finance, summer learning loss, value-added models, and state and local tax policy.
 
Suggested Readings:
  • TBD

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March 5, 2020: Brian Kisida, Ph.D.

Lecture Title:
Location:
Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.

Brian Kisida, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He has over a decade of experience in rigorous program evaluation and policy analysis. He has extensive experience conducting randomized controlled trials and has co-authored multiple experimental impact evaluation reports through the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education.

Suggested Readings:
  • TBD

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April 23, 2020: Catherine Compton-Lilly, Ed.D.

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Lecture Title: Meaning-Making over Time: Methodologies and Possibilities
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.

Catherine Compton-Lilly is the John C. Hungerpiller Professor at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses in literacy studies and works with local educators. Her past research followed eight of her former first grade students through high school. In a current study, now in its tenth year, she is exploring the longitudinal school experiences of children from immigrant families. Compton-Lilly has authored several books and many articles in major educational literacy journals including the Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, and The Journal of Literacy Research. Her interests include examining how time operates as a contextual factor in children’s lives as they progress through school. 

Suggested Readings: Request a copy of the suggested readings.
  • The Emergence of Transnational Awareness Among Children in Immigrant Families
  • Intersectional Identity Negotiation: The Case of Young Immigrant Children
  • Revisiting Children and Families

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September 10, 2020: Michelle Fine, Ph.D.

Lecture Title: TBD
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.
 
Michelle Fine, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center at The City University of New York. Her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice appears as fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities.
 
Suggested Readings:
  • TBD

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Loretta Prater, Ph.D., September 12, 2019
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Excessive Use of Force: An Educator Shares Research and Personal Experiences
 
Loretta Prater, Ph.D., is an author, a retired professor, and the former dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast Missouri State University.

Suggested Reading:
"Excessive Use of Force: One Mother's Struggle Against Police Brutality and Misconduct," published by Rowman and Littlefield. To purchase, click here.

Howard Fuller, Ph.D.,October 17, 2019

Considering School Choice through a Social Justice Lens  
and
Why We Need Committed & Talented Educators in Urban Schools (more than ever) 

Howard Fuller, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning (ITL) at Marquette University.