“Education in Transition” is Topic of Seminar at Touro College’s Lander Center for Educational Research

Date: November 06, 2007
Dr. Lamar Miller, Director of the Lander Center and Chair of the Ed.D. Program at Touro
Dr. Lamar Miller, Director of the Lander Center and Chair of the Ed.D. Program at Touro
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Former NYC Chancellor “Rudy” Crew to Join Forum on Increasing Power and Effectiveness of School Principals in Meeting Educational Goals.

New York, N.Y. - The Lander Center for Educational Research, a division of the School of Education and Psychology of Touro College, will host a symposium on the implications of ongoing changes within school administrations that have placed increasing importance on the performance of school principals. The symposium, School Leadership in Transition,” will be held on Monday, Nov.12 at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. from 10 a.m. until noon.

Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Crew, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and currently the Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Dr. Olof Johansson, Director of the National Head Teachers Training Program at Umea University, Sweden will present their views. Dr. Lamar Miller, Director of the Lander Center and Chair of the Ed.D. Program at Touro, will moderate.

The discussion will focus on new accountability standards that have been imposed internationally - in the United States primarily based on the No Child Left Behind Act - that are measured mainly through test scores and reductions in achievement disparities by income and race. These standards have placed increasing pressure on education leaders to produce results.

“There is a growing consensus, backed by measurable criteria, that effective, involved principals of schools have the most impact in the success of students. However, there is little evidence regarding what good instructional leaders actually do that has an impact on students’ academic achievement,” said Dr. Miller.

The Lander Center was founded in 2005 to expand educational research with a focus on underserved populations. The Center recently was awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition to provide high school teachers in New York City with the skills needed to educate students with limited proficiency in English.

Attendance at the seminar is free and open to the public. There will be a continental breakfast and reception at 9 a.m. For more information and to register, please contact Vincenza Colon at 212-463-0400, ext. 260, or email to vincenza.colon@touro.edu.