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In this early 2019 interview, host Rafael Otto talks to Dr. Pedro Noguera about the lack of progress in closing achievement gaps in American schools.


Dr. Pedro Noguera is an acclaimed sociologist whose research focuses on how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. He is the distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and faculty director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA.


In this interview, Dr Noguera points to the various factors that keep the achievement gap from being closed. These include gaps in educational opportunities that correspond to the neighborhood in which the children and their families live, and as well as their racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Mr. Otto and Dr. Noguera also discuss “silver bullet” solutions, the key ingredients for school transformation, and what “high-quality” classrooms have in common.


Rafael Otto, Director of Communications, Children’s Institute

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