Ronald Ferguson, Achievement Gap Expert, to Visit Amherst Schools

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 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 []. 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.

Last updated March 12, 2012
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