Forum Adds Noted Education Expert to Board

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Longtime Advocate Presses On for ‘All Children to Succeed’

Dr. James Comer is newest Convener of The Forum for Education and Democracy

Dr. James Comer is newest Convener of The Forum for Education and Democracy

The addition of Dr. James Comer to our board of conveners will enable us to spotlight one of the most pressing needs in U.S. public schools today.

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The Forum for Education and Democracy today announced that noted child psychiatrist, education advocate, and author, Dr. James Comer, has joined its board of conveners.

“The addition of Dr. James Comer to our board of conveners will enable us to spotlight one of the most pressing needs in U.S. public schools today,” said George Wood, Forum for Education and Democracy Executive Director. “Jim brings with him 40 years of knowledge and experience working on underachievement in U.S. public schools – expertise which will be invaluable to our participation in ESEA reauthorization.”

“The Forum has an opportunity to help move education toward an adequate focus on child and adolescent development in the service of learning that will serve our students and the country well,” said Dr. James Comer. “I am pleased to become a part of it at this critically important time.”

Currently the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Comer is known for his creation in 1968 of the Comer School Development Program; the forerunner of most modern school reform efforts. He is the author of ten books, including his most recent book, What I Learned in School: Reflections on Race, Child Development, and School Reform. He is a co-founder, and past president of the Black Psychiatrists of America.

The Forum for Education and Democracy is a national education "action tank" committed to the public, democratic role of public education — the preparation of engaged and thoughtful democratic citizens. Founded by fourteen of the leading thinkers on education issues today , The Forum works to promote a public education system worthy of a democracy, one characterized by strong public schools, equity of educational resources, and an informed, involved citizenry.

Forum for Education and Democracy Conveners:
Judith Browne-Dianis, Linda Darling-Hammond, Carl Glickman, John Goodlad, Gloria Ladson-Billings, Deborah Meier, Larry Myatt, Pedro Noguera, Wendy Puriefoy, Sharon Robinson, Ted and Nancy Sizer, Angela Valenzuela, George Wood (Executive Director)

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Susan Oliver
703-216-4078
http://www.forumforeducation.org

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