The UWI, Guardian Life Premium Open Lecture

Event Date(s): 29/09/2023

Location: Daaga Auditorium

Join us at The UWI, Guardian Life Premium Open Lecture 2023, “Redefining Educational Success: Post-Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities” at the Daaga Auditorium on Friday, September 29 at 5:30p.m. This year's featured speaker will be Dean and Distinguished Professor Pedro Antonio Noguera, USC Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.

The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine is committed to providing a dynamic, highly student-centred learning environment in which student learning is pursued as a primary goal of the academy, and excellence in teaching is recognised and rewarded. Within this environment, the Campus seeks to prepare graduates that are independent learners; problem-solvers; logical, enquiring, creative thinkers; team workers; and with well-developed skills for self-directed, life-long learning.  In pursuing this commitment to educational excellence, the St. Augustine Campus is keen to recognise, celebrate and reward members of its faculty who provide exemplary models of what it takes to create the kind of learning environment outlined above, and an institution with a global reputation for quality teaching and learning.

The UWI/Guardian Life Premium Open Lecture is a programme in which new ideas, concepts, and research to faculty and staff  are introduced at our campus. It is one of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s (CETL) ground-breaking initiatives and has been the establishment of a strategic alliance with the Guardian Life of the Caribbean to honour and promote teaching excellence within our education system. The Premium Open Lecture Series  focuses on learning and teaching in higher education. At these lectures, the Centre seeks to have as the feature speakers internationally renowned educators.

The Premium Open Lecture is geared toward university lecturers, public and private school teachers, educational administrators, leaders, and other stakeholders. This year’s theme is “Redefining Educational Success: Post-Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities” will be facilitated by Feature Speaker; Dean and Distinguished Professor Pedro Antonio Noguera, USC Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.  As we emerge from the pandemic, it is clear that education must evolve to meet the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. At this event we will focus on key sub-topics that are critical to shaping the current and future landscape of education, including contemporary approaches to assessments that emphasize real-world applications while addressing the personal well-being of all stakeholders. It is also expected that the presentation will explore the application of teaching and learning innovations and technologies that advance 21st century skills and assist all educational stakeholders in adjusting to the new paradigm that has emerged within the post-pandemic context.

About the speaker.

Pedro Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the Rossier School of Education and a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. A sociologist, Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He is the author of 15 books. His most recent books are Common Schooling: Conversations About the Tough Questions and Complex Issues Confronting K-12 Education in the United States Today (Teachers College Press) which was the winner of the Association of American Publishers 2022 Prose Award, with Rick Hess, and City Schools and the American Dream: Still Pursuing the Dream (Teachers College Press, 2001) with Esa Syeed.

He has published over 250 research articles in academic journals, book chapters in edited volumes, research reports and editorials in major newspapers. He serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute, the National Equity Project and The Nation. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on several national media outlets, and his editorials on educational issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News and Los Angeles Times. 

Prior to being appointed Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, Noguera served as a Professor of Education and holder of endowed chairs at UCLA (2015 – 2020), New York University (2004–2015), Harvard University (2000–2003) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–2000). 

Noguera serves as a special advisor to the governor of New Mexico on education policy, and he advises the state departments of education in Washington, Oregon and Nevada.  In 2022 he was appointed to President Biden’s National Commission on Hispanics and to serve as the co-chair of the state of California’s Black Student Achievement Taskforce. From 2009–2012 he served as a trustee for the State University of New York as an appointee of the governor. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Education and Phi Delta Kappa honor society, and in 2020 Noguera was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Noguera has received seven honorary doctorates from American universities, and received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and from the Mc Silver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.  In 2023 he was ranked 1st in the nation for influence and impact in the field of education, by Education Week.

Interested persons are encouraged to register to attend at https://bit.ly/premiumopenlecture2023

For more information, visit: STA-premiumeventcelt@sta.uwi.edu 


Open to: | General Public |