The issue of gender inequality and the needs of boys and girls in schools is a complex one. A panel discussion, “Gender, Schooling, and New York City,” the final of a three-part series on gender and education hosted by New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, will present recent strategies that three New York City schools have implemented in response to research on gender and schooling: Young Women’s Leadership Academy (for girls); Excellence Charter School (for boys); and Harvey Milk High School (for LGBT youth).
Panelists include Kevin Jennings, founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); John King, managing director of the Excellence and Preparatory Networks of Uncommon Schools; and Ann Tisch, founder of Young Women’s Leadership Schools. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa M. Stulberg, assistant professor of educational sociology, NYU Steinhardt.
The talk will be held at NYU in Lipton Hall, 108 West Third Street (between Sullivan and MacDougal Sts.) on Fri., April 25 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. [Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]
Reporters interested in attending the event are asked to phone Tim Farrell in the Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Jennings is founder and executive director of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, an all-volunteer group bringing together teachers, parents, and community members to address anti-LGBT bias in K-12 schools. Today, GLSEN is a national educational organization with 35 chapters and a staff of 40. Jennings is the author of several books including his memoir, Mama’s Boy, Preacher’s Son.
John King is managing director of the Excellence Prepatory Networks of Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter management organization, which includes Excellence Charter School of Bedford-Stuyvesant, an all-boys school that is growing to serve grades K-8. King co-founded Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, a nationally recognized urban college prep public school that helped close the Massachusetts racial achievement gap.
Lisa M. Stulberg is an assistant professor of educational sociology at NYU Steinhardt. Her research examines the politics of schooling, with a focus on African-American education in the post-Brown era and on school choice politics. Her work includes an upcoming book, Race, Schools, and Hope: African-Americans and School Choice after Brown, and The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Toward a Progressive Politics of School Choice (2004).
Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the founder and creator of the Young Women’s Leadership Schools, a ground-breaking all-girls public school. She opened the first school in East Harlem in 1996 with the Center for Educational Innovation and the NYC Board of Education. Today, there are five schools in New York City and Philadelphia and affiliates in Chicago, Dallas, and Austin.