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Profile of UW's Ladson-Billings is cover story for Dec. 6 issue of Isthmus

December 06, 2013

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings is featured in the Dec. 6 issue of the Isthmus.

Isthmus cover featuring Gloria Ladson-BillingsLadson-Billings is the university’s Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  The cover of the most recent Isthmus is headlined, “The next civil rights fight,” and includes a deck headline that reads: “Scholar Gloria Ladson-Billings believes African American students deserve better.”

The must-read profile, written by Catherine Capellaro, covers a lot of interesting ground, from Ladson-Billings’ roots of growing up in West Philadelphia to her current status as one of the world’s leading urban education experts.

The Isthmus article also reveals an interesting story about how Ladson-Billings was lured from sunny California to UW-Madison more than two decades ago, and highlights the disparity in the Madison schools between the classroom performance of white students and students of color.

Capellaro’s article concludes:

Ensuring that all children get an equal chance at a quality education is the next chapter for the civil rights movement, says Ladson-Billings.

"This is my task. I can't hand it off to someone and say 'you do it.' I'm still doing it."

Ladson-Billings is an award-winning scholar and former president of the American Educational Research Association whose work centers on examining the practices of teachers who are successful with struggling students. She is perhaps best known for her book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children,” which was first published in 1994 and continues to be used in teacher education programs around the country.

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