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Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

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11/13/2006 ~ 11/14/2006 at  Teachers College, Columbia University

Amy Stuart Wells

Sociology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College

Presentation Topic:

  • Our Children's Burden: A History of Federal Education Policies that Ask (now require) Our Public Schools to Solve Social Inequality [Summary to be posted soon]

Dr. Amy Stuart Wells is a Professor of Sociology and Education and the Coordinator of Policy Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research and writing has focused broadly on issues of race and education and more specifically on educational policies, such as school desegregation, school choice, charter schools, and tracking and how they shape and constrain opportunities for students of color.  She is the recipient of several honors and awards, including a 2001-02 Fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation''s Scholars Program; the 2000 Julius & Rosa Sachs Lecturer, Teachers College-Columbia University; and the 2000 AERA Early Career Award for Programmatic Research. In 1999-2000 she was a Russell Sage Visiting Scholar. In 1995-96 she was a National Academy of Education-Spencer Foundation Post-doctoral fellow.  
Dr. Wells is the principal investigator of a five-year study of adults who attended racially mixed high schools funded by the Spencer, Joyce and Ford Foundations. She is co-author of a report from that study, How Desegregation Changed Us: The Effects of Racially Mixed Schools on Students and Society, with Jennifer Jellison Holme, Anita Tijerina Revilla, and Awo Korantemaa Atanda. Their forthcoming book from this study, Both Sides Now, will be published by Harvard University Press in 2007.  Dr. Wells is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, including: co-editor with Janice Petrovitch of Bringing Equity Back: Research for a New Era in Educational Policy Making (2005, Teachers College Press); editor of Where Charter School Policy Fails: The Problems of Accountability and Equity (2002, Teachers College Press); author of "The ''Consequences'' of School Desegregation Take Two: The Mismatch Between the Research and the Rationale (2001) Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly.

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