Tyrone Howard: Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms

Tyrone Howard: Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms

March 4th, 2011, 11:00am to 12:30pm
The Petersen Room at Suzzallo Library

tyroneIn his new book, Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in Americaís Classrooms, Professor Howard describes the changing racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics in U.S. schools and calls for educators to pay serious attention to how race and culture play out in school settings. While race and culture remain important variables in how young people experience schools, they are often misunderstood by educators and school personnel. Building on the work of three studies that investigated schools that were successful in closing the achievement gap, Professor Howard shows how a greater awareness and a comprehensive understanding of race and culture can improve educational outcomes. This book is important reading for anyone who is genuinely committed to promoting educational equity and excellence for all children.

Tyrone Howard is an associate professor of education and the faculty director of Center X at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Howard specializes in the influence of racial and cultural differences on teaching and learning in urban schools, and has written extensively about how these differences affect the way teachers and students interact. He received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington and his background includes K-12 teaching experience in Compton, California and Seattle, Washington. His current research focuses on urban education, education reform, and the achievement gap that faces African American students.

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