Thursday, Oct 27, 2016

9:30 AM

Exploring education equity 50 years after Coleman, Nashville

On Oct. 27 in Nashville, a panel of education experts will explore how policymakers, scholars and school leaders are still addressing the pressing questions and concerns raised by the Equality of Educational Opportunity study, popularly known as the Coleman Report. The event, “Education Equity 50 Years After Coleman,” is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Center for Nashville Studies; Peabody College; and Community, Neighborhood and Local Government Relation’s Food for Thought program. Coffee and registration are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., with the discussion to commence at 10 a.m. at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Commissioned by Congress as part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and named for its principal investigator, Johns Hopkins sociologist James S. Coleman, Equality of Educational Opportunity is widely viewed as one of the most important education studies of the 20th century. It served as the basis for mass busing and school desegregation efforts, and it stimulated decades of social science research on school and family effects and the relationship between and among race, poverty and academic achievement.

Panelists are:

  • Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins, whose rulings have addressed the importance of quality teaching on equality of education and who represented the plaintiffs in Nashville’s long-running desegregation case;
  • Carol Johnson, former superintendent of Boston Public Schools, consultant to Memphis Schools and to the state Department of Education, and a visiting professor at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of education and human development;
  • Claire Smrekar, associate professor of public policy and education and a consultant with the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, whose research focuses on the impact of desegregation plans and choice policies on families, schools and neighborhoods; and
  • Rucker Johnson, associate professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley; faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research; and research affiliate of the National Poverty Center and the Institute for Research on Poverty, whose research interests focus on the role of poverty and inequality in affecting life chances.

Oct. 27, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM


Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville


Vanderbilt University Center for Nashville Studies

(615) 322-NEWS