The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University


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Third Annual State of the Research Conference

Structures, Cultures, and Achievement Gaps:
New Research with Implications for Public Engagement

June 18th and 19th, 2007

This Conference was made possible by a grant from Time Warner Inc.


Day 1: 
Monday June 18

Our National Culture and It’s Youth Subcultures: How Children of Color Fit
Within Our National Culture and Key Implications for Closing Achievement Gaps

10:00 - 10:10 

Welcoming Statements Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Graduate School of Education

10:10 - 10:30 

Last Year’s Conference and How We’re Building On What We Learned
Ron Ferguson, AGI Co-Chair & Director

10:30 - 11:50

Social Fit and School Success: What Young People of Color Believe about Purpose, Opportunity, Intellect, and their Places in the Society. 

Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago, “Race, Politics and Sex:
Understanding the Attitudes and Behaviors of African American Youth”

Joshua Aronson, New York University, “How Racial Stereotypes Color Self-Perceptions of Ability and Why it Matters.”

Daphna Oyserman, University of Michigan, “Fitting in matters: markers of in-group belonging and academic outcomes academic outcomes ” 


11:50-12:30 Audience Reactions and Discussion
12:30 - 1:30
1:30- 2:25

Beats and Rhymes: A documentary about Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture,
a film by Byron Hurt

2:25 - 2:50

Ronald Ferguson, Harvard University, "Hip-Hop and self-esteem"

2:50 - 3:15
3:15 - 4:15

Helping More Youth of Color Acculturate to High Achievement: Music, Behavior, Schooling, and “Code Switching” for Academic Fit

Travis L. Gosa, John Hopkins University, “Messages in the Music: How Rap Lyrics Both Encourage and Discourage School Engagement.”

Rebecca Wheeler, Christopher Newport University, “How English teachers lead students to code-switch linguistically.”

Daphna Oyserman, University of Michigan, “How enriched images of possible selves enhance school engagement: evidence from an experiment ”

Robert Clark, YouthBuild Newark, “Helping High School Dropouts Make Sense of their Lives and Transition into Productive Adulthood.”

4:15 - 5:00
Audience Reactions and Discussion: Whose Culture(s) Should Change?
How Can We Make It Happen?
5:00 - 6:00
Day 2: 
Tuesday June 19

Structures and Cultures in Schooling and Parenting and Key Implications for Policy, Programming, and Public Engagement

9:00 - 10:25 Structures & Cultures that Affect School Improvement Under NCLB  and Some Implications for Public Engagement

Richard Elmore, Harvard University, “Accountability and School Improvement”

Helen Ladd, Duke University, “High Poverty Schools and the Distribution of Teachers and Principals”

Susan Moore Johnson, Harvard University, “Teacher Assignment in Low-income Schools”

Thomas Kane, Harvard University, “Teacher Policy and the Achievement Gap”

10:25 - 10:45


10:45 - 12:00

Forces Beyond their Control: How School & College Cultures Shape Students’ Achievement Outcomes and What We Should Do to Help

Amanda Lewis, University of Illinois at Chicago "Institutional and Everyday forms of Discrimination and Achievement Outcomes"

John Diamond, Harvard University "School Structures, Expectations, and Peer Dynamics in a Multiracial High School"

Prudence Carter, Harvard University "The Multiple Dimensions of Boundaries in U.S. Schools: Observations from the Northeast & South"

Mica Pollock, Harvard University

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 1:30

Forces Beyond their Control: How School & College Cultures Shape Students’ Achievement Outcomes and What We Should Do to Help (continued)

Ronald Ferguson, Harvard University "How Instruction and Peer Culture Affect Student Engagement in Several Domains: Evidence from the Tripod Project"

Melissa Roderick, University of Chicago "Potholes on the road to college
Managing college application among CPS students"

1:30 - 3:00

Parenting for High Achievement: How Money, Stress & Culture Matter and How Society Can Help through Policy and Public Engagement

Kevin Lang, Boston University "The Black-White Test Score Differential"

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Harvard University "Workforce Development Policies’ Effects on Children and Adolescents in Poverty"

Dodie Norton, University of Chicago "Preschool Parent-Child Language Functions and Early School Literacy"

William Beardslee, Harvard University "Aligning resources to enable families to accomplish the tasks that support children in learning in school"

Susan Landry, University of Texas "Parent Processes that Support School Readiness"

Wendy Luttrell, Harvard University

3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:00 Discussion of Public Engagement Ideas