|dc.description.abstract||Begun in 1988, the E. Pauline Riall Lecture Series brings to the University and community outstanding national lecturers in the field of education. The series was established by the late Miss Riall, long-time principal and teacher of the former Salisbury University's Campus School. A generous bequest was provided by Miss Riall's will to fund this special program.
Deborah W. Meier - Riall Speaker on 10/5/2010 (2 pm) and 10/5/2010 (7:30 pm).
Deborah W. Meier (http://www.deborahmeier.com/) is currently on the faculty of New York
University's Steinhardt School of Education, as senior scholar and adjunct professor as well as
Board member and director of New Ventures at Mission Hill, director and advisor to Forum for
Democracy and Education, and on the Board of The Coalition of Essential Schools.
Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, writer and
public advocate. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten and headstart teacher in
Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City schools. She 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% of the entering students went on to college, mostly to 4-year schools. During this period she
founded a local Coalition center, which networked approximately fifty small Coalition-style K12
schools in the city.
Between 1992-96 she also served as co-director of a project (Coalition Campus Project) that
successfully redesigned the reform of two large failing city high schools, and created a dozen
new small Coalition schools. She was an advisor to New York City's Annenberg Challenge and
Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University from 1995-1997.
From 1997 to 2005 she was the founder and principal of the Mission Hill School a K-8 Boston
Public Pilot school serving 180 children in the Roxbury community.
The schools she has helped create serve predominantly low-income African-American and
Latino students, and include a typical range of students in terms of academic skills, special
needs, etc. There are no entrance requirements. These schools are considered exemplars of
reform nationally and affiliates of the national Coalition of Essential Schools founded by Dr. Ted
Sizer and currently led by Lewis Cohen.
A learning theorist, she encourages new approaches that enhance democracy and equity in public
education. Meier is on the editorial board of Dissent magazine, The Nation and the Harvard
Education Letter. She is a Board member of the Educational Alliance, the Association of Union
Democracy, Educators for Social Responsibility, the Panasonic Foundation, and a founding
member of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the North Dakota Study
Group on Evaluation and the Forum for Democracy and Education, among others.
Her books, The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem
(1995), Will Standards Save Public Education (2000), In Schools We Trust (2002), Keeping
School, with Ted and Nancy Sizer (2004) and Many Children Left Behind (2004) are all
published by Beacon Press. Her latest book is: Playing for Keeps: Life and Learning on a Public
School Playground by Deborah Meier, Brenda S. Engel, and Beth Taylor.||en_US