Nearly 15,000 educational researchers gathered in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association to grapple with issues of Education and Poverty (the conference theme). A highlight of the meeting was a special presidential session organized and chaired by Institute director Lois Holzman which introduced the subjective (emotional and social-relational) side of being poor into this important dialogue. The presentation, which drew a standing ovation, featured three young people from the San Francisco Bay Area All Stars Project in conversation with Institute faculty and All Stars co-founder Lenora B. Fulani and distinguished sociologist David Grusky (Stanford University) and psychologist A.J. Franklin (Boston College). Fulani delivered a paper entitled, The Development Line: Helping the Poor to Grow, which points to the failed premise that public education could be the primary strategy for connecting the African America community to the mainstream. It argues for social policy that addresses the subjectivity of poverty and activities, including after-school programs, that foster development.
All Stars VP of Education Initiatives Bonny Gildin shared the All Stars success in developing community partnerships as part of a panel chaired by Montclair State University’s Dean of Education Francine Peterman on Moving Teacher Education Into Urban Schools and Communities: Prioritizing Community Strengths. Bonny is a contributor to the eponymous book edited by Jana Noel (Routledge 2013).