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School of Education Speaker Series Tackles Assessment and Cultural Diversity


Dr. Michael T. Nettles, a top policy researcher at the Educational Testing Service, will deliver the inaugural address of the North Carolina Central University School of Education’s Excellence in Education Speaker Series on Friday, Feb. 22. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building.

Nettles’ topic will be “Assessment and Cultural Diversity: Toward Educational Parity in Urban Schools.” The event is open to the public at no charge.

As senior vice president for policy evaluation at ETS, Nettles has gained a national reputation as a researcher focusing on educational assessment, student achievement, access and equity, faculty compensation and rewards and higher education finances. He is a member of the Bank Street College of Education Board of Trustees and the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment. He also serves on the Board of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center on Research on Teaching and Learning, and the Board of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice at the University of Southern California.

For more than a decade Nettles served on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He also is on the College Board of Trustees, which owns the SAT, Advanced Placement course and exams and other educational products and services.

In announcing the Excellence in Education Speaker Series, School of Education Dean Dr. Wynetta Lee said, “As educators we stress the importance of continuous learning to our students, yet the daily demands of facilitating the development of students leaves little time for our own growth. This speaker series is a means of modeling to students the importance of continuous learning, not only as contributors to knowledge, but as consumers of knowledge.”

Lee said the intent of the Speaker Series is to promote faculty and staff professional development and community engagement as outlined in the school’s five-year strategic plan. The series promotes an intellectual climate by bringing a community of scholars together to discuss issues that affect the field of education. It will also provide an opportunity for faculty, partners and students to continue on a learning journey beyond the campus’ borders.

Additional participants in the speaker series include, Dr. Terri Mozingo, assistant superintendent for Assessment and Evaluation, Durham Public Schools and Brad McMillen, senior director for Data and Accountability, Wake County Public Schools. Mozingo and McMillen will discuss the topic from a local perspective and lead a participant discussion. A reception will be held at the conclusion of the forum. For more information, contact the School of Education at 919-530-6689 or 919-530-6466.

For Media:

Dr. Nettles will be available for interviews on the day of the event. To schedule an interview, contact Edith Thorpe, development officer at ethorpe@nccu.edu or 919-530-6689.


Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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