MacArthur “Genius” Winner to Lead Urban Education Forum

Author and educator Lisa Delpit focuses on ‘marginalized students’

Lisa Delpit, a Harvard-educated scholar, author, educator and winner of a 1990 “Genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Urban Education and Community Forum sponsored by the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The theme for this year’s forum is “What it Takes for Effective Urban Education: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children.” Organizers of the forum say, “In Kansas City and across the nation, urban schools are in crisis. Bright children loaded with ability often flounder in schools that fail to unlock students’ potential and address their unique needs—putting them at a disadvantage in school and throughout life unless educators, counselors and school administrators purposefully and consistently raise expectations for other people’s children.”

According to Delpit, “Reforming urban education and raising expectations rests with educators who work to obtain a deeper knowledge of who it is they are teaching and how to diversify whatever they are teaching to include other cultures.”

Delpit, who holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor in the Southern University College of Education. Delpit is also the author of several books, including the hugely popular and heavily cited “The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children.” Her other books include “Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom” and her newest, “Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children.”

The 2013 Urban Education and Community Forum will be held Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested and may be made online at or by calling 816-235-2963 (Relay Missouri 1-800-735-2966 TTY). Reservations should be made by April 4.

About the UMKC School of Education:
The mission of the UMKC School of Education is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse urban communities. The School aspires to provide for an increasing diversity of educational specialists who are grounded in both theory and practice and can deal effectively with the problems and needs of a culturally, linguistically, socially and politically diverse society. For more information about the UMKC School of Education, visit 

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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