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News: Educator, Best-Selling Author to Speak at 12th Annual Educator Symposium


Pasadena City College is proud to host its 12th Annual Educator Symposium, with educator and best-selling author Dr. David Berliner as the evening’s keynote speaker, on May 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. in PCC’s Creveling Lounge.

“I’m really excited to have Dr. Berliner come out,” said David McCabe, of the Teacher Preparation Program. “To have him here is a great honor.”

Berliner will discuss trends in public education and education policy in his presentation titled “Inequality, Poverty and Education: Why Standards and Testing Cannot Fix California’s Schools.” Specifically, he will focus on how many students do not have teachers, materials, and facilities that are fundamental to their academic success, and how these shortfalls are the biggest burdens on the most poverty-stricken schools that are disproportionately attended by children of color. There will be a brief question-and-answer period following the presentation.

Berliner is one of the leading figures in education reform. He is the co-author of the best-selling book “The Manufactured Crisis,” which debunks the myths that tests scores are falling in America’s schools, that illiteracy is rising, and that better funding has no benefit. His most recent book is titled “Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts American Education.”

A Regents Professor of Education, Berliner has taught at the Universities of Arizona, Massachusetts, Oregon, and at Stanford University, as well as in Australia, Spain, and Israel. He has won the Brock Award and the American Educational Research Association Award for distinguished contributions to education, and the National Education Association’s “Friend of Education” award for his work on behalf of the education profession.

This event is free. To RSVP, please call the Teacher Preparation Programs office at (626) 585-3056.

Release Date: 05/16/2012
Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations
Phone: (626) 585-7315

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