Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Expert to discuss urban education

An expert on urban education policy will give two presentations on "Rethinking Local School Governance: Tensions and Strategies" on Monday, November 16. He will speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at noon and then address alumni and friends of the La Follette School at an evening presentation in Milwaukee.


Kenneth Wong

Professor Kenneth Wong, chair of the Department of Education at Brown University, will speak at noon at in 8417 Sewell Social Sciences on campus and again at 5:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 North Broadway. Milwaukee-area alumni and friends of the La Follette school are invited to attend a reception starting at 4 p.m.

"We look forward to engaging our Milwaukee-area alumni and friends in a timely discussion of school governance," says La Follette School director Carolyn Heinrich. "We realize that everyone may not be able to stay for the full presentation, but we hope you will join us at the reception long enough to say 'hello.'"

Wong, a professor of public policy, education and political science, has researched and written on urban school issues for the last 10 years. He is the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Chair for Education Policy and director of the Urban Education Policy Program at Brown University. He also taught at the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University.

Wong has written or edited several books on successful schools and education accountability and performance, including the 2007 book The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools.

This gathering is the second of three La Follette School receptions in November. More than 60 people gathered in Washington, D.C. on November 5. The reception was held in tandem with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management national conference. 

A Madison reception will be Thursday, February 4, 2010, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street.

Wong's visit as a minority scholar is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Wisconsin Center for Education Research, 1025 West Johnson St., where he will speak on Tuesday, November 17, at noon, on "Resource Allocation and Performance Management in Charter Schools of Education Management Organizations: Discussion on Work in Progress."

For information on Wong's presentations, contact Outreach Director Terry Shelton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (608) 262-3038. An RSVP is appreciated for planning purposes, but is not required.