Graduate School of Education

Symposium on Educational Research and Practice

XIX Symposium on Educational Research and Practice

(aka Colloquium)
UMass Lowell Graduate School of Education

The keynote speaker Deborah Meier presented her research to faculty and students:

"Common Core Standards and School Reform Initiatives"

Meier PictureThe keynote speaker at this year's symposium was Deborah Meier. Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, writer and public advocate. In 1985 she founded Central Park East Secondary School, a New York City public high school in which more than 90 percent of the entering students went on to college, mostly to four-year schools. During this period, she founded a local Coalition center, which networked approximately 50 small Coalition-style K-12 schools in the city.

Meier encourages new approaches that enhance democracy and equity in public education. She is on the editorial board of Dissent magazine, The Nation, and the Harvard Education Letter. Meier has received honorary degrees from Bank Street College of Education, Brown, Bard, Clark, Teachers College of Columbia University, Dartmouth, Harvard, Hebrew Union College, Hofstra, The New School, Lesley College, SUNY Albany, UMass Lowell, and Yale. She was the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1987 for her work in Education.

She is author of many books, starting with "The Power of Their Ideas" and her latest, "Playing for Keeps," which she co-wrote with Beth Taylor and Brenda Engel.