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Teaching and Literacy Conference Scheduled

Teaching and Literacy Conference Scheduled

Dr. Pedro Noguera Dr. Anita L. Archer Dr. Anita L. Archer, an educational consultant and award-winning educator, and Dr. Pedro Noguera, a professor of education and a vocal proponent for healthy public education in America, are keynote speakers for the 6th annual teaching and learning conference for PK-12 educators July 26-27 at McNeese State University.

"Literacy, Numeracy and Technology" is the theme of this year's conference, sponsored by the Burton College of Education and supported by the college's Burton Endowment.

Teachers can still register for the conference. Registration is $100 a person and $25 for McNeese students, and registration will be available at the door.  Registration information and other conference details are available online at

Archer currently serves as an educational consultant to school districts on effective instruction, classroom management, language arts instruction and study skills instruction.

She is a nationally known presenter and has authored numerous curriculum materials, chapters, books and training materials. Among her works are the acclaimed REWARDS reading program and the Tough Kid video series.

Archer is also the recipient of 10 Outstanding Educator awards, has taught elementary and middle school students and has been a faculty member at San Diego State University, the University of Washington and the University of Oregon.

Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development at New York University, is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology and history and his master's degree in sociology from Brown University and his doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is also executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings.  

Noguera has also held faculty appointments at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was named the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools, and at UC, Berkeley, where he was the director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

He has published over 150 research articles, monographs and reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the potential impact of school choice and vouchers on urban public schools. His work has appeared in major research journals and he is the author of several books. He also appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, National Public Radio and other national news outlets.