An evening with Diane Ravitch, champion of public schools

Plan to attend An Evening With Diane Ravitch, moderated By Eli Stokols of Fox31 News. You will not want to miss the chance to hear the author of “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education.”

In her latest book, distinguished education scholar and former proponent of the federal No Child Left Behind Act Diane Ravitch raises concerns over testing mania and school choice. In the process, she is reframing the national debate over the best ways to improve our nation’s public schools.

From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards.

From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the federal testing program. She was appointed by the Clinton administration’s Secretary of Education Richard Riley in 1997 and reappointed by him in 2001. From 1995 until 2005, she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy. Before entering government service, she was Adjunct Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Here’s some footage of a talk she gave last fall in Los Angeles with the local teacher’s union…

Out of a shared commitment to Colorado’s public school children, the following hosts are pleased to bring you the opportunity to share an evening with Dr. Ravitch:

University of Colorado at Denver, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Uniting 4 Kids, Democrats for Excellent Neighborhood School Education (DeFENSE), Jeanne Slavin Kaplan, Northeast Community Congress on Education (NCCE), Black Education Advisory Committee (BEAC)

Sponsors:University of Northern Colorado – College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Piton Foundation, Every Child Matters, Connect Us, Friends of the Open Schools (FOTOS), Progress Now, University of Northern Colorado – Center for Urban Education, Community College of Denver, Metro State College

The sponsoring groups do not want anyone to be deterred from attending because of cost. Therefore, if ticket cost is an issue, please contact or call 303-831-0590 for scholarship information.


Universitiy of Colorado at Denver
Tivoli Student Union
900 Auraria Pkwy.
Turnhalle Event Room
2nd Fl. Rm 250
Denver, CO


Thursday February 17, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM MST

Reception, Book Signing and Preferred Seating:
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Speech and Q & A (Prior to Event): $10.00
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Speech and Q&A Only:
(Day of Event)
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Event to support Friends of Education

To register for event, click here.

For more information, send an email to or call 303-831-0590. We hope you can join us!

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