How do we ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful learning that draws upon their higher-order thinking abilities and provides them with the skills needed for college and careers? This is not one of the issues that education policy has focused on in recent years, but it should be. Access to deeper learning opportunities is a critical equity issue because too often, those we regard as less capable languish in classrooms where they are not sufficiently challenged or stimulated.
Dr. Noguera, Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, will focus on how to motivate and engage students through project-based learning and other strategies that foster deeper learning, particularly in afterschool and out-of-school time settings. The presentation will also describe strategies that have proven effective in advancing equity, and it will explore how programs can implement strategies to support staff to be more culturally responsive in their work with students.