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Vail Symposium hosts talk on education Nov. 2

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VAIL — Education is a topic of many discussions, nationwide, from how we educate to how best to reach every student.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, Dr. Pedro Noguera will join the Vail Symposium at Battle Mountain High School as keynote speaker for Educate! 2017. After the first part of the program, Maggie Lopez, acting superintendent of Eagle County Schools; Kathryn Regjo, vice president and campus dean for Colorado Mountain College; and Chris Romer, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership will join Noguera to discuss how the issues and strategies he addresses in his presentation apply to our community.

"We are honored to have Dr. Noguera join us for this very special presentation," said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. "He is one of the country's most important voices on education reform, diversity and the achievement gap. Providing this type of keynote and panel program is our way of opening up discussion and, hopefully, contributing to the quality of education in our community."

Discussing Strategies

While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to the issues surrounding student achievement (i.e. the fact that poor students, students of color, English language learners and students with special needs are consistently performing at lower levels), surprisingly little attention has been given to the strategies and conditions that are necessary to make achievement more likely.

Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools and how to motivate and engage students.

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This presentation will describe strategies that have proven effective elsewhere at supporting teaching and learning for all types of students. It will also explore how schools can develop strategies to support teachers in their efforts to raise achievement.

"We encourage parents, teachers, students and anyone interested in education here in the Vail Valley to attend," Sabel said. "This is an important topic that not only affects our children, but the success of the community as a whole."

This program is presented in partnership with Eagle County Schools.

About the speaker

Dr. Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of 12 books and over 200 articles and monographs. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets.

If you go …

What: Educate! 2017 with Dr. Pedro Noguera.

When: Thursday, Nov. 2. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; keynote address takes place 6-7 p.m. with panel discussion following.

Where: Battle Mountain High School, Edwards.

Cost: Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 after 2 p.m. the day of the event. Students, teachers and Vail Resorts and Eagle County government employees can receive $15 discounted tickets.

More information: Visit http://www.vailsymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.