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Fifth Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Professor Eric Gutstein

October 5th, 2016

On October 5th, 2016, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education hosted Dr. Eric Gutstein, from the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago.

Erin Gutstein

Dr. Gutstein spoke on: Critical (mathematics) pedagogy as anti-racist, anti-capitalist praxis: Lessons from the classroom and social movements.

"In the current historical period, social movements and organizations from Black Youth Project 100 to the Chicago Teachers Union have raised the need to fight in connected ways for racial and economic justice. Simultaneously, teachers across the globe develop and teach critical curriculum designed to support young people in "reading and writing the world"--understanding and changing reality. In this talk, I sketch out work in critical mathematics in a Chicago public school, consider it as anti-racist and anti-capitalist praxis, and situate it within the struggles for self-determination and education justice by two Chicago communities. These efforts involved multi-week hunger strikes for community schools and provide lessons for classroom practice that draw from, and link to, the social movements themselves."

Eric "Rico" Gutstein is a mathematics education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He writes and teaches about critical and Freirean pedagogies, and mathematics and urban education policy. Rico has taught middle and high school mathematics in Chicago public schools and is the author of Reading and Writing the World with Mathematics: Toward a Pedagogy for Social Justice (2006). He co-edited Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers (2nd Ed) (2013). Rico is a founding member of Teachers for Social Justice (Chicago) and is active in the movement against education privatization.

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Fourth Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Professor Sandra Graham

November 4, 2015

Sandra Graham

On November 4, 2015, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education hosted Dr. Sandra Graham, of UCLA, in the Fourth Annual Research Colloquium. Our renowned speaker Dr. Sandra Graham, Professor, Human Development and Psychology, Department of Education at UCLA and the University of California Presidential Chair in Education and Diversity spoke on "Race, Ethnicity and Social Adjustment of Adolescents: How (not if) School Diversity Matters Please". In this presentation, Dr. Graham explained her research program on students’ academic and social outcomes related to school diversity in a longitudinal study from middle to high school in schools across California. On the basis of this project, Dr. Graham recommended policies to promote diversity as an important goal for the academic and social well-being of students. The presentation stimulated much interest and discussion with a lively Q & A from the audience.

The colloquium was very well attended, with 200 present, including faculty from the COE and across campus, students and classes. There are many individuals who facilitated bringing this event to fruition. These include Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education Michael Spagna, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership Director Miguel Ceja, the entire membership of the Research Advisory Committee, Brittany Swinson, Gloria Borysewicz, Callie Juarez, Mario Martinez, and Gloria Derge.

We look forward to planning the Fifth Annual Research Colloquium for next year.

Adele Eskeles Gottfried, Director of Research Enhancement

Third Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

October 29, 2014

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco

On October 29, the Michael D. Eisner College of Education (MDECOE) hosted Dean and Distinguished Professor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, as the Third Annual Research Colloquium Speaker of the MDECOE. His talk, titled: Rethinking Education in the Age of Vertigo: Further thoughts on Globalization, Immigration, and Inequality, focused on critical issues facing the education of students from immigrant families, and the implications of these issues for Los Angeles in particular, and global society in general.

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Second Annual Research Colloquium Featuring Dr. James Gee

October 8, 2013

James Gee

The Second Annual Research Colloquium was held on Tuesday October 8, 2013. We were honored to have renowned researcher and professor, Dr. James Paul Gee, speak about Digital Media and Learning in a Dangerous Age.

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First Annual Research Colloquium, Oct. 17th, 2012

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Dr. Halpern, who is a McElwee Family Professor of Psychology at Claremont McKenna College, and a 2013 James McKeen Cattell Award Recipient for her lifetime contributions to applied psychological research, spoke about her research on: SEX, GENDER, AND COGNITION: HOW THE DATA ARE BEING MISUSED TO SUPPORT THE PSEUDOSCIENCE ON SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLING

One of the most controversial topics in psychology is how, how much, and why females and males differ in some cognitive abilities. The topic is probably as old as humankind and as new as this morning's news. Yet, it continues to fascinate and confound us. The "truth" about cognitive sex differences is complicated, and although there are many similarities in the cognitive abilities of males and females, there are also differences that are very large, and have been replicated across time, cultures, and species. How can we make sense of the large and often contradictory data about cognitive sex differences, and even more importantly, how can we use these data appropriately and guard against their misuse in formulating public policies, including the pseudoscience behind single-sex schooling? Check out and join the growing list of professionals who support coeducational schooling.

Pictures from the 2012 Research Colloquium

Dr. Diane Halpern

Dr. Diane Halpern

Dean Michael Spagna, Dr. Diane Halpern, Dr. Adele Gottfried

Dean Michael Spagna, Dr. Diane Halpern, Dr. Adele Gottfried