Pedro Noguera, an expert on school reform, diversity and the achievement gap, delivers the sixth annual Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Lecture at the University of Virginia. Noguera titles his talk, “A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education,” mirroring the name of a public policy group he helped to form. He advocates opportunities and positive program developments backed by policy changes as better ways to address problems facing schools than narrower measures driven by testing and test scores.
Noguera is a professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He is director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. He also holds a part-time position as a high school teacher.
The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and the Ridley Scholarship Fund sponsor the Ridley Lecture. The lecture honors the legacy of Walter Ridley, who earned his Ed.D. from the Curry School in 1953, becoming the first African-American to graduate from U.Va. and the first to receive a doctorate from a predominately white Southern university.