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Speaking at the Claremont Colleges Library on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Posted on | November 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Speaking at the Claremont Colleges Library on Thursday, Nov. 11.

Update: a video of the talk will be available soon.

I will be talking about our Los Angeles research at the Claremont Colleges Honnold Library on Thursday at 4:15 pm.  The talk is part of the library’s series of speakers from all the college campuses.  It is billed as:

Lessons from L.A Schools.: Some Gleanings from the Toils of the Past that Would Make the Work of The Future Easier if Only Someone Would Listen
Charles Taylor Kerchner, Research Professor, CGU School of Educational Studies
Thursday, November 11th, 2010, 4:15 PM
Founder’s Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

The story of public education in Los Angeles is one of institutional decline and hollowing out mixed with daily heroism and self-sacrifice on the part of teachers and administrators who try to make an old institution do things it was not designed to do.  Based on his books, Learning from L.A.: Institutional Change in American Public Education, and The Transformation of Great American School Districts (both published by Harvard Education Press in 2008), Professor Charles Kerchner will chronicle how a school district that was called “the best in the West,” came to be publically regarded as “failing,” even though by many criteria, it isn’t.  His lecture will also detail how the politics of Los Angeles just might work to transform public education here and elsewhere.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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