Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.
Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., is the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair of Urban Education in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches in the departments of educational policy studies, educational leadership and policy analysis, and Afro-American studies.
A well-known author and editor, Ladson-Billings has won numerous scholarly awards and honorary degrees, including the Hilldale Award at the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Heritage Award, and Columbia University’s 2008 Distinguished Service Medal. She served as the president of the American Educational Research Association from 2005-06 and was elected to Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society’s Laureate Chapter in 2009.
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Edward Fergus, Ph.D.
Edward Fergus is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University. Dr. Fergus' current work is on the intersection of educational policy and outcomes with a specific focus on Black and Latino boys' academic and social engagement outcomes, disproportionality in special education and suspensions, and school climate conditions. In addition to numerous publications as Deputy Director of Pedro Noguera’s Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, he has published numerous articles and is the author of Skin Color and Identity Formation: Perceptions of Opportunity and Academic Orientation among Mexican and Puerto Rican Youth (Routledge Press, 2004), co-editor of Invisible No More: Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys (Routledge Press, 2011), co-author of Schooling For Resilience: Improving Trajectory of Black and Latino boys (Harvard Education Press, 2014) and author of Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity (Corwin Press, In Press).