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This scholar is one of a number of scholars at Harvard and other leading universities whose research focuses on the nation's achievement gaps. These scholars represent a cross section of academic disciplines--Education, Economics, Public and Social Policy, Sociology and Law. They represent the broad base of research and knowledge necessary to understanding the complex issues contributing to Achievement Gaps.

 

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Ronald Ferguson, AGI Director and Faculty Co-Chair, Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard University

Scholar's website
 
 

Papers on the AGI website:

2002

What Doesn't Meet the Eye

2003

Cultivating New Routines

December 2008

GETTING IT DONE: Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps in Whole School Systems: Recent Advances in Research and Practice

February 2011

Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century

June 2007

Review of Key Findings from the 2006 AGI Annual State-of-the-Research Conference

June 2010

How High Schools Become Exemplary: Ways That Leadership Raises Achievement and Narrows Gaps by Improving Instruction in 15 Public High Schools

October 2005

Excellence with Equity

September 2006

New Evidence on Why Black High Schoolers Get Accused of “Acting White”

 

Video presentations on the AGI website:

category:
Research

tags:
music, hip-hop, behavior, self-esteem, acting ghetto, black youth, youth culture, youth

 

 

Hip-Hop and self-esteem

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2007

Ferguson discusses findings that self esteem is higher among young black males and females. The same is not true for non-blacks. His results highlight the influence of hip hop culture on identity formation and expression for black youth.

 

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Welcoming Statements

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2006

Welcoming Statements

 

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Research

tags:
NAEP, test score gaps, reading, parent's education

 

 

Huge Progress Stalled: Racial Gaps at 12th Grade are Smaller than in the 1970s, but Remain Large

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2006

Ferguson presents NAEP and SAT test score data that shows achievement gaps narrowing dramatically in the 1970s and 1980s and then stalling in 1988. He speculates that changes in youth culture may be a contributing factor.

 

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Research

tags:
acting white, popularity, parenting, television, computers, reading, bedtime, youth

 

 

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Home Intellectual Lifestyles

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2006

Ferguson shows that achievement gaps are often largest between children of highly educated parents of different racial and ethnic groups. He presents evidence that there are important differences at home (beyond SES) that contribute to gaps.

 

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Research

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socioeconomic status, acting white, popularity, behavior, self-esteem, GPA, homework, hip hop, rock music, youth

 

 

Racial and SES Differences in School Behavior, Engagement and Time on Homework

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2006

Ferguson presents data on student behavior and self-esteem from his Tripod student surveys. He finds a strong links between hip-hop music, identity, and self-esteem among black students. He also finds differences between white and black students' behavior and maternal education levels.

 

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Research

tags:
teacher quality, student reporting, instruction

 

 

Class-to-Class Instructional Quality Differences and How They Matter

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2006

Ferguson shares research findings on student engagement and instructional quality from three-dozen secondary schools across eight states. Ferguson's Instructional Quality Index (IQI) uses student survey responses concerning teaching practices.

 

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Research

tags:
parenting, peers, peer culture, school reform, teacher quality, college, out-of-school time, youth

 

 

Last Year’s Conference and How We’re Building On What We Learned

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2007

Ferguson provides a summary of key factors presented at the 2006 AGI Conference that contribute to the nation's achievement gaps.

 

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Research

tags:
instruction, student engagement

 

 

Framing: Structures and Identity

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2007

Ferguson presents evidence on five key classroom conditions as predictors of five types of student engagement in secondary school classrooms.

 

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category:
Research

tags:
instruction, peer culture, engagement, teacher-student interaction, trust, behavior, youth

 

 

How Instruction and Peer Culture Affect Student Engagement in Several Domains: Evidence from the Tripod Project

Ron Ferguson

Conference

June 2007

Ferguson describes a student engagement framework based on the Tripod survey data. It includes five student engagement targets, five classroom conditions for achieving the targets, and five organizational conditions for achieving and sustaining the classroom conditions.

 

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Practice

tags:
School District Reform

 

 

Conference Opening

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2008

Conference opening comments by Ferguson

 

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Practice

tags:
School District Reform

 

 

Closing Remarks

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2008

Closing Remarks: 2008 AGI Conference

 

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category:
Research

tags:
Achievement gaps, test score gaps

 

 

Yes We Can! A Panel on Closing the Achievement Gaps

Jane Waldfogel, Richard Nisbett, Ron Ferguson

Forum

March 2009

Waldfogel examines the steady gains (1971-1988), stalled progress (1988-1999), and renewed progress (2000-2004) in closing achievement gaps. She links these trends to parental education, school segregation, and teacher quality patterns. Nisbett presents evidence that challenges the conclusions presented in the 1994 book "the Bell Curve". Ferguson summarizes key points from his book "Excellence with Equity".

 

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Practice

tags:
community, race, social structures

 

 

Race, Identity & Achievement: What Role for Elites?

Ronald Ferguson, Cedric Jones, Joshua Garriga

Forum

March 2008

Ferguson, former corporate executive Jones, and student leader Garriga discuss how economic, academic, and social "elites" can help young people to cope with race and identity related pressures that interfere with academic achievement.

 

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Research

tags:
School District Reform, leadership

 

 

Seven Strategic Propositions from the June 2008 AGI Conference

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2009

Ferguson outlines seven strategic propositions for closing achievement gaps distilled from research and practice presentations at the 2008 AGI conference on district-wide education reform.

 

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Research

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High school, Instruction

 

 

Profiles of Progress and Performance at the Conference's Featured High Schools

Ronald Ferguson

Conference

June 2009

Ferguson describes the characteristics of the fifteen exemplary high schools presented at the 2009 AGI conference. He shares their impressive gains in English Language Arts and Math.

 

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Research

tags:
High School, Instruction, test score gaps

 

 

High School Success Stories: How Did Some Exemplary High Schools in Greater Boston Raise Achievement and Narrow Test-Score Gaps?

Ronald Ferguson, Mary Skipper, Sharon Wolder

Forum

September 2010

Ferguson presents key findings from the 2009 AGI report “How High Schools Become Exemplary”. Two leaders at featured schools, Skipper, TechBoston Academy and Wolder, Brockton High School shared their perspectives.

 

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category:
Practice

tags:
supports, community, employment

 

 

Envisioning a System: A Pathways to Prosperity Forum

Ronald Ferguson, Keith Westrich, Susan Lange, Christyanna Egun and Melissa Scibelli.

Forum

May 2011

Massachusetts efforts to engage employers and promote opportunities for multiple education pathways and work-based learning. A panel moderated by Ronald Ferguson featuring: Keith Westrich, Susan Lange, Christyanna Egun and Melissa Scibelli.

 

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research, practice

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parenting

 

 

Introduction

Marian Edelman, Children's Defense Fund and Ronald Ferguson, The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University

Conference

June 2011

 

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category:
research

tags:
parenting, parenting strategies, frameworks, race, parent-child relationship measures, parenting styles

 

 

Based on the paper: An Empirically Derived Parenting Typology; Presentation delivered by Ron Ferguson for Jelani Mandara

Ronald Ferguson, The Achievement Gap Initiative

Conference

June 2011

Ron Ferguson presents the work of psychologist, Jelani Mendara, who wanted to find the best “black way” of parenting. He found, despite his predictions, that the same parenting strategies were best practices for black children as for white children, concluding that the traditional conception of authoritative parenting may be optimal for all American ethnic groups, even if it is not culturally normative for some.

 

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Organizational Structures for Reaching Parents Panel Discussion

Lead Questioner: Ronald Ferguson, The Achievement Gap Initiative

Conference

June 2011

 

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