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Drexel to Launch Lecture Series Exploring STEM Education in Urban Settings

PHILADELPHIA, April 9, 2012

Dr. Liza Herzog, director of research at the Philadelphia Education Fund
Dr. Liza Herzog, director of research at the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF), will participate in the panel discussion.
The Goodwin College’s School of Education at Drexel University will host a panel discussion to explore ways in which higher education partnerships can enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for K-12 students in an urban setting. The discussion will take place on Monday, April 30, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Panelists include Dr. Vivian Lee, director of counselor advocacy at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) at the College Board in Washington, D.C., Dr. Liza Herzog, director of research at the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF), and Chief Academic Officer of School District of Philadelphia Penny Nixon.  

The panelists will provide an overview of Pennsylvania state achievement data, aspects of Philadelphia School District initiatives to address equity, and perspectives on how to call attention to STEM education in Philadelphia schools.

The event will take place at the Mitchell Auditorium in the Bossone Research Center (Market Street, between 31st and 32nd Streets). It is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit http://goodwin.drexel.edu/ccue/.

The panel discussion will launch a new series of lectures on “Critical Conversations in Urban Education” by the Goodwin College, which will officially begin in September 2012.  The series aims to become a vehicle for discussion within the Drexel and Philadelphia communities and to create a space for critical dialog related to a range of education topics in an urban context for a mixed audience.  It will enhance and expand connections between the academic and broader community, which includes academics, students, families, policy makers, business stakeholders and community leaders.

The series also will provide professional development that augments understanding of critical factors in preparing urban educators, and that transforms learning outcomes for low income and diverse students.

Lee has served in various positions at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) of the College Board since June 2004. NOSCA is a dynamic office that is charged with advocating for school counselors on a national level. The overarching goal of NOSCA’s work is to advance equity and social justice in educational outcomes for all students, but especially for underserved populations. Lee is a co-director of the NOSCA-CSCOR Fellows Program, a new national initiative designed to build a community of young scholars by supporting doctoral level counseling students who are interested in pursuing dissertations in the area of college-readiness counseling. Since 2004, she has served as adjunct professor at University of Maryland, College Park.

Herzog, who joined the Philadelphia Education Fund in July 2003, has co-directed research and authored reports on comprehensive school reform, the professional development of teachers and dropout prevention, in partnership with researchers at Johns Hopkins University. She works with a regional team of researchers, practitioners and social service agencies on the Philadelphia Educational Longitudinal Study (PELS), which follows more than 2,000 8th graders in Philadelphia public schools through to three years past on-time graduation. Before joining the Ed Fund, Herzog was a research associate at the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducted qualitative research in higher education. Prior to her work in education, she was a practicing attorney for four years.

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