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SMMUSD Equity Review Meeting Thursday:

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 4 pm in the Santa Monica High School cafeteria for a presentation on the district wide findings of the recent equity review.

SMMUSD is working with Dr. Pedro Noguera and his team to develop an action plan to assist the district in taking the next best steps to address achievement gaps in the district and further current equity and access work, according to SMMUSD.

The first phase of this work was an equity review, which was conducted by Dr. Noguera’s team this past fall and early this year, SMMUSD said, with the team visited each school in the district and gathered data to examine trends across the district so that they can make school-specific and districtwide recommendations. The team visited classrooms and spoke with staff and student focus groups.

Dr. Noguera is currently a distinguished professor of education in the UCLA graduate school of education and information sciences and previously served as a tenured professor at New York

University from 2003-2015. He is a noted author of 11 books and more than 200 articles, serves as a director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation and on numerous national and local organization boards. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Cal Berkeley.

The agenda for the special meeting will be posted on the district’s website: http://www.smmusd.org/board/meetings.html The presentation will be videotaped and posted: www.smmusd.org

The campus is located at 601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica.

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