AddThis ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: [email protected] leader to offer perspective on school reformRavitch will discuss public education trends at Rice University Oct. 14Diane Ravitch, one of the country’s most respected scholars in education reform, will share her insight on school reform with the community and aspiring K-12 school leaders in the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Grand Hall of Rice University’s Memorial Center. In her lecture, “Reflections on What I Have Learned About School Reform,” Ravitch will discuss her career as an education historian and former assistant secretary of education and the trends in public education over the past 40 years.In her critically acclaimed “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” Ravitch raises a dialogue on the purpose of education. Having recently reversed her long-standing support for accountability and charter schools, she questions the impact and motives behind education reform. Ravitch will answer questions posed by the audience and sign copies of her book after the lecture. Registration is required for the event, which is free and open to the public, and can be made at http://reep.rice.edu under “Upcoming Events.” A native Houstonian and graduate of Houston public schools, Ravitch is a research professor of education at New York University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. From 1991 to 1993 she was assistant secretary of education in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As assistant secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. The talk is part of REEP’s Thought Leadership Series, which brings nationally recognized leaders on education entrepreneurship to Rice to interact with REEP students and explore important questions, ideas and issues in the field. This year the talk is also a part of the Rice Common Reading Program, which is designed to welcome Rice undergraduates to the university’s intellectual community, stimulate conversations across the campus community on pressing issues of the day and introduce new students to the critical inquiry, scholarship and civility they will encounter at Rice. The event is co-hosted by the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), Teach for America and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates at Rice. For information about parking and a map of the Rice campus, 6100 S. Main St., visit http://www.rice.edu/maps/maps.html.About Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP)Through Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, REEP combines a business school education with an intensive, innovative educational entrepreneurship curriculum. REEP provides aspiring school leaders with the knowledge, skills and networks to effectively run schools that close achievement gaps and propel more students, particularly the underserved, to complete postsecondary education. For more information, visit http://reep.rice.edu. About Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) HoustonMike Feinberg and Dave Levin started KIPP in 1994 as a program serving 50 students at Garcia Elementary School in Houston. KIPP has grown to a nationally acclaimed network of 99 public schools in 20 states and Washington, D.C., and serves approximately 25,000 students. In Houston, KIPP serves 6,500 pre-K to 12th-grade students in 18 college-preparatory schools. Ninety-eight percent of KIPP Houston students are African-American or Hispanic, and 90 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced-lunch program. Although nationally only 7 percent of low-income students graduate from college, 90 percent of KIPP Houston alumni, tracked from the eighth grade, have matriculated to college. For more information, visit http://kipphouston.org/.About Teach For AmericaTeach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This fall, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across the country, while more than 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.