WMU News

National expert discusses meaningful school reform

Jan. 10, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. A. Wade Boykin, a nationally- recognized leader in the areas of multicultural education and minority student achievement, will present "Doing Meaningful School Reform: Challenges and Opportunities," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan.14, in the Brown and Gold Room of Western Michigan University's Bernhard Center.

Boykin, who co-directs the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, is professor and director of the developmental psychology graduate program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The center he directs is a U.S. Department of Education-funded research and development unit that jointly operates out of Howard University and Johns Hopkins University.

Boykin co-edited the book "Research Directions of Black Psychologists" and wrote the forthcoming book "The Psychology of African Americans Experiences: An Integrity-Based Perspective." He has done extensive work in research methodology; the interface of culture, motivation and cognition; black child development; and academic achievement in the American social context.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the WMU College of Education and its work with GEAR UP -- Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. GEAR UP is funded in part by the United States Department of Education.

For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Joseph Kretovics, professor of teaching, learning and leadership, at (269) 387-2054.

Media contact: Gail H. Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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