Alexander Hamilton Forum: “How Can We Achieve Educational Equity?”
On May 5, 2021, the Alexander Hamilton Forum, a JMC partner program, is hosting Eva Moskowitz (Success Academy Charter Schools) and Ronald Ferguson (Harvard Kennedy School) for a virtual counter-point discussion on educational equity and how it may be best achieved. Counterpoint-style events feature two speakers who present contrasting views and then field questions from the audience.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 • 4:45 PM EST
A virtual discussion through Zoom
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Eva Moskowitz is Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, which form the fastest-growing, highest-performing network of public charter schools in the country, with 47 schools and 20,000 students. She was previously chair of the New York City council’s education committee. Before running for office, she was a history professor and civics teacher at Prep for Prep, a program for academically gifted students from minority backgrounds. Her memoir, The Education of Eva Moskowitz, was published in 2017 by Harper. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she earned a PhD in American history from Johns Hopkins University.
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Ronald Ferguson is Director of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative and teaches at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. As the New York Times put it, “There is no one in America who knows more about the gap than Ronald Ferguson.” An economist, Ferguson has been on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government since 1983, following appointments at Brandeis and Brown Universities. In 2014, he cofounded Tripod Education Partners. His books include Urban Problems and Community Development and Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap. A Cornell graduate, he holds a PhD in economics from MIT.
The Alexander Hamilton Forum at Middlebury College aims to foster thoughtful engagement with the ideas that have informed the creation and development of the American polity. The Forum promotes the study of the American political thought and founding principles; their relationship to American institutions, statesmanship, public law, political economy, and grand strategy; and their place in the history of western political philosophy. It seeks to offer students an opportunity to think critically about the relevance of political and constitutional theory to a range of contemporary debates in American public life.
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