Dr. Pedro Noguera for NYC Schools Chancellor sign now

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

The children, parents, educators, and communities of New York City desperately need and deserve a world-class Schools Chancellor who will, from day one, apply a dynamic toolkit of outstanding professional knowledge and skills, first-hand teaching experience, and an unsurpassed commitment to public education to ensuring all NYC students an excellent education.

We urge you to appoint Dr. Pedro Noguera, a stellar urban education leader, the next Chancellor of New York City Schools.

A former high school educator in Providence and Oakland who later taught at both Harvard University and UC Berkeley, Dr. Pedro Noguera currently serves as Executive Director of NYUs Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees. Though much of Dr. Nogueras work focuses on New York City, he is a nationally respected researcher and public intellectual in the movement to ensure all children, especially low-income children of color, an excellent education.

Dr. Noguera received his bachelor's degree in Sociology and History and a teaching credential from Brown University in 1981. He earned his master's degree in Sociology from Brown in 1982 and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. He has held tenured faculty appoints at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2000-2003), where he was named the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools, and at the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000), where he was the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. He has published over one hundred and fifty research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the potential impact of school choice and vouchers on urban public schools, and race and ethnic relations in American society. His work has appeared in multiple major research journals.

Dr. Noguera is the author of The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada (Peter Lang Publishers, 1997), City Schools and the American Dream (Teachers College Press, 2003), Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nations Schools (Josey Bass, 2006), City Kids, City Teachers, with Bill Ayers and Greg Michie (New Press, 2008), and The Trouble With Black Boysand Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education (Wiley and Sons, 2008). Skilled in public discourse, Dr. Noguera has also appeared as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.

Below is an abbreviated list of the many honors awarded Dr. Noguera for excellence in research, teaching, leadership and service.

1997 Wellness Foundation Award for research on youth violence
1997 University of California's Distinguished Teaching Award
2001 Honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco
2001 Centennial Medal, Philadelphia University
2003 Forward Magazine Gold Award (City Schools and the American Dream)
2003 AESA Critics Choice Book Award (City Schools and the American Dream)
2005 Whitney Young Award for Leadership in Education
2006 Eugene Carrothers Award for Public Service
2008 Schott Foundation Award for Research on Race and Gender
2008 AESA Critics Choice Book Award (Trouble With Black Boys - Josey Bass 2008)
2009 Scholastic Corporation Education Hero Award

Only a strong, experienced, community-minded education leader can steer New York City public schools to success. We believe that Dr. Pedro Noguera is exceptionally qualified for that role.

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