New Directions in Research on Urban Education
A Panel Discussion with Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara (Temple University), Erin Horvat (Temple University), and Keith Robinson(University of Texas at Austin).
Location: East Pyne, 010
Date/Time: 04/19/11 at 12:00 pm - 04/19/11 at 1:20 pm
Education is becoming increasingly important for upward social mobility and has been linked to societal inequalities in health, income, and other life-chance outcomes. The growing racial and ethnic diversity within the United States make educational inequality one of the most important domestic issues facing this country in the 21st century. Residential segregation presents further challenges for educators and policy makers interested in addressing educational inequality. This panel will discuss the most recent developments within the research community for understanding educational inequality and propose new directions for research on urban education that might ameliorate racial inequality in schooling.
Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Temple University
Professor Cucchiara studies urban education policy and its implications for disadvantaged students. She is interested in the impact urban revitalization and redevelopment on public schools. She examines the extent to which deindustrialization, urban revitalization, and other macro-level urban processes ameliorate or exacerbate existing inequalities between students, families, and schools. Professor Cucchiara is also interested in school reform in Philadelphia and its implications for equity and capacity. She examines how the state takeover of Philadelphia’s schools and the resulting marketization of the district affect civic engagement and civic capacity around education.
Erin Horvat, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Urban Education Program, Temple University
Professor Horvat’s research examines how educational institutions reproduce and create inequality. She currently does work with YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and YouthBuild USA, which provide education, job training, and life skills assistance to high school dropouts who are ready to turn their lives around. She has served as a member of the Philadelphia school board for ten years and chaired the board for four years. She is also engaged in a historical case study of a K-8 school focusing on the role of parents in school improvement and the creation of a strong school community in an urban setting as well as an exploration of social class integration in urban schools.
Keith Robinson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Professor Robinson's research focuses on the determinants and implications of test score (achievement) inequality in K-12 education. His work highlights the extent to which family and school factors contribute to achievement inequality. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book titled Raising Learners: Parental Involvement and Children’s Schooling (Harvard University Press), which provides an in-depth quantitative assessment of parental involvement across the major racial groups within the U.S. He examines which forms of involvement differ by race, are related to increases in achievement across racial groups, and can explain racial disparities in achievement.
Department: Center for African American Studies