ATLANTA—Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, will deliver the 31st annual Benjamin E. Mays Lecture on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Georgia State University’s Florence Kopleff Recital Hall (15 Gilmer St. SE, Atlanta).
Darling-Hammond will give a presentation entitled, “Achieving Equity and Excellence: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go.”
This event, hosted by the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed at bit.ly/Mays2020Live.
Darling-Hammond is president of the Learning Policy Institute and has conducted extensive research on issues of educator supply, demand and quality. Among her award-winning publications in this area are “What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future,” “Teaching as the Learning Profession” and “Preparing Teachers for a Changing World: What Teachers Should Learn and be Able to Do.” She was executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and director of RAND Corporation’s education program. Darling-Hammond began her career as a public school teacher.
“Most people working in real ways to address equity and justice in public education have been influenced by the scholarship of Linda Darling-Hammond,” said Brian Williams, Crim Center director. “I am excited that she has agreed to share some of her work with the metro-Atlanta community as this year’s Benjamin E. Mays lecturer.”
Benjamin E. Mays was a minister, educator, sociologist, social activist and president of Morehouse College in Atlanta from 1940 to 1967. He also was president of the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education and supervised the desegregation of Atlanta’s public schools. The annual Mays Lecture encourages the discussion of issues facing urban educational leaders, honors the memory of Mays and promotes his philosophy of excellence in the education of those typically least well served by the larger society.
For more information about the lecture, visit bit.ly/Mays2020 or call 404-413-8070.