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School of Education at IUPUI Presents School Reform Pioneer Deborah Meier

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September 2, 2011

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Nationally renowned school reform pioneer Deborah Meier will deliver public addresses in Indianapolis and Bloomington and participate in the opening of an archive of her personal papers at the Lilly Library in Bloomington on Sept. 6-7, 2011.

Her first talk, “Democracy and Education in Urban Schools” will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 6 at the George Washington Community High School Auditorium in Indianapolis. The talk is free and open to the public, and will include time for Meier to answer questions from the audience.

Meier, whose ideas have heavily influenced schools around the country, has for almost five decades been a teacher, writer and advocate for small schools that are self-governing and democratic with most decisions made by families, teachers and parents in those schools. Those themes will be highlighted in her public addresses.

"Deborah Meier is one of the country's leading advocates for individualized and intellectually challenging education. We are thrilled to have her involved in multiple initiatives and programs at IU and in our community," said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the Indiana University School of Education.

"Engaging our faculty and students directly with her groundbreaking work adds greatly to our understanding of the pioneering role her ideas have played in education reform."

Meier was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public elementary schools in East Harlem. In 1985, she founded Central Park East Secondary School, a New York City public high school in which more than 90 percent of the entering students went on to college. During that period, she also founded a coalition center that networked about 50 small K-12 schools in New York City. For her efforts, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1987. She later founded and was principal of the Mission Hill School, a K-8 Boston Public Pilot school serving 180 children in the Roxbury community.

The Harmony Education Center in Bloomington, the IU School of Education and the Debbie Meier Institute are sponsors of Meier’s visit to the IU campuses.

For questions, contact Erik Tillema at etillema@iupui.edu .

Information about Meier’s talks on the Indiana University Bloomington campus is available at http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/19424.html .