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Creating the Schools We Need for the 21st Century, an AQUE Symposium

AU's School of Education, Teaching & Health hosts annual conference

WHAT: Alliance for Quality Urban Education (AQUE) Symposium: “Creating the Schools That We Need for the 21st Century”

WHO: Pedro Noguera, professor of teaching and learning, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

WHEN: 9:15 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, February 28, 2009

WHERE: Rooms 4 and 5, Mary Graydon Center, American University
           400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.— American University’s School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) will host a symposium, “Creating the Schools That We Need for the 21st Century,” on Saturday, February 28, from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American University’s Mary Graydon Center.  The symposium is part of SETH’s Alliance for Quality Urban Education (AQUE) program, which aims to improve D.C. schools by providing teachers with graduate-level licensure programs and professional development opportunities.

Keynote speaker Pedro Noguera will discuss the critical issues facing our nation’s school system in the 21st century. He will also address the debate over the current system’s fairness, effectiveness, and whether or not it is the best way for our children to learn and succeed. Following the discussion, Noguera will be signing his book, The Trouble With Black Boys: And other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education.  

Noguera, professor of teaching and learning at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, specializes in urban education, races’ role in schools, education in other countries, and school reform. Noguera holds a master’s degree in sociology from Brown University and a PhD in sociology from the University of California–Berkeley. 

AQUE brings together SETH, in AU’s College of Arts and Sciences, as well as D.C. public and public charter schools, the Center for Inspired Teaching, and DC Teaching Fellows in an effort to improve the quality of the D.C. public education system. The program seeks to help D.C. teachers gain licensure with ongoing career development programs and support from supervising faculty and mentor teachers.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.