The debate about racial and economic achievement gaps in public schools has led to a form of educational essentialism that predicts some students are doomed to fail because of their demography. Research supports the view that income and race have an impact on learning, but what else can the research tell us about how to succeed with students in allegedly doomed demographics? Will ask David Didau, author of “Making Kids Clever.”

Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.


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