Maria Geryk, Superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham and
Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools, is pleased to announce that Dr. Ronald
Ferguson will visit Amherst for a full day of events on Wednesday, March
28, 2012. Based at Harvard University since 1983, Dr. Ferguson is a
nationally renowned expert on the racial achievement gap.
In addition to working with district teachers, administrators and
students throughout the day, Dr. Ferguson will be the featured speaker
at a public forum from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 28 in the Amherst
Regional High School Auditorium at 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst. Doors
open at 6:30 p.m. Parents, guardians, students, faculty and community
members are encouraged to attend this free event.
A large turnout is expected so reservations are highly
recommended. Translators, transportation and free childcare and parking
will also be available. To reserve a seat or to arrange for childcare,
translation or transportation services, please contact Kimberly Stender
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-362-1825.
Dr. Ferguson's visit to Amherst is part of the Office of the
Superintendent’s initiative to bring the national discussion on
education to the community and is made possible by generous donations
from Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith
College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst Education
Foundation and Five Colleges, Inc.
Biographical Statement for Ronald F. Ferguson
Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson is an MIT-trained economist whose work over
three decades has focused on economic, social and educational challenges
in urban America. Issues of racial and ethnic inequality have been a
central focus. He joined the faculty at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School
of Government in September 1983, after teaching at Brandeis and Brown
Universities. Currently, he holds a joint appointment between the
Harvard Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Education.
For the past decade, Dr. Ferguson’s research has focused on racial
achievement gaps, appearing in publications of the National Research
Council, the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of Education,
the Educational Research Service and various other books and
journals. He is the creator and director of the Tripod Project for
school improvement and the faculty co-chair and director of the
Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard [www.agi.harvard.edu]. The
AGI is a university-wide endeavor that also reaches beyond Harvard and
brings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to work on
school improvement, parenting, and youth culture to help raise
achievement and narrow gaps. His most recent book is Toward Excellence with Equity: an emerging vision for closing the achievement gap, from Harvard Education Press.