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Diane Ravitch to Speak on “Accountability in the Great American School System”

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2013-03-05 21:48:11 - Adelphi University is proud to announce that Diane Ravitch will be speaking on “Accountability in the Great American School System” for the Ruth S. Ammon endowed lecture.

Having lectured around the world from Poland to Nicaragua, Ravitch is a seasoned speaker whose keynotes on democracy and civic education have been translated by the United States Information Agency (USIA) into several languages, including Polish, Spanish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian, Belarussian, and Ukrainian. The event will take place on April 3, 2012, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY.

Diane Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Ravitch is internationally acclaimed for her expertise on past and present education, and has published more than 500 articles and

reviews for scholarly and popular publications on the subject. In her most recent publication, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, Diane Ravitch critiques today’s most popular ideas for restructuring schools, including privatization, standardized testing, punitive accountability, and the multiplication of charter schools, and offers a clear prescription for improving American public schools.

Beyond academia, Ravitch has made a name for herself in politics as well. As Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander from 1991 to 1993, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. Appointed a member of the National Assessment Governing Board in 1997 and reappointed in 2001, she oversaw the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program.

In 2004, Diane Ravitch received the Leadership Award from the New York City Council of School Supervisors and Administrators. In 2005, she received the John Dewey Award from the United Federation of Teachers of New York City; the Gaudium Award of the Breukelein Institute; and the Uncommon Book Award from the Hoover Institution. In 2006, the Kenneth J. Bialkin/Citigroup Public Service Award was conferred on her. In 2010, the National Education Association selected her as its “Friend of Education” for the year.

The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education prepares students to enter the professional education community with pride. Its range of undergraduate and graduate programs offers concentrations in many specialized areas of teaching and leadership. Through courses and fieldwork, students learn how to combine educational theories and techniques to improve classroom learning. At a time when many schools of education have eliminated these disciplines, The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education remains steadfast in encouraging students to explore the arts, and engaging students in dialogue about the economic, social, political, gender, and ethnic inequalities that exist in today’s society.

To learn about the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, visit
About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world-class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work—the coeducational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and its centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies, in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.

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Garden City, NY 11530

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Kali Chan
Phone: 5168774040

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