Ronald Ferguson, Achievement Gap Expert, to Visit Amherst Schools

Maria Geryk, Superintendent of the Amherst, Pelham andAmherst-Pelham Regional Schools, is pleased to announce that Dr. RonaldFerguson will visit Amherst for a full day of events on Wednesday, March28, 2012.  Based at Harvard University since 1983, Dr. Ferguson is anationally renowned expert on the racial achievement gap.

In addition to working with district teachers, administrators andstudents throughout the day, Dr. Ferguson will be the featured speakerat a public forum from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on March 28 in the AmherstRegional High School Auditorium at 21 Mattoon Street, Amherst. Doorsopen at 6:30 p.m. Parents, guardians, students, faculty and communitymembers are encouraged to attend this free event.

A large turnout is expected so reservations are highlyrecommended. Translators, transportation and free childcare and parkingwill also be available. To reserve a seat or to arrange for childcare,translation or transportation services, please contact Kimberly Stenderat or 413-362-1825.

Dr. Ferguson's visit to Amherst is part of the Office of theSuperintendent’s initiative to bring the national discussion oneducation to the community and is made possible by generous donationsfrom Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, SmithCollege, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst EducationFoundation and Five Colleges, Inc.  

Biographical Statement for Ronald F. Ferguson

Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson is an MIT-trained economist whose work overthree decades has focused on economic, social and educational challengesin urban America. Issues of racial and ethnic inequality have been acentral focus. He joined the faculty at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Schoolof Government in September 1983, after teaching at Brandeis and BrownUniversities. Currently, he holds a joint appointment between theHarvard Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Education.

For the past decade, Dr. Ferguson’s research has focused on racialachievement gaps, appearing in publications of the National ResearchCouncil, the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of Education,the Educational Research Service and various other books andjournals. He is the creator and director of the Tripod Project forschool improvement and the faculty co-chair and director of theAchievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard []. TheAGI is a university-wide endeavor that also reaches beyond Harvard andbrings together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to work onschool improvement, parenting, and youth culture to help raiseachievement 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