Kenneth K. Wong
Chair/Education Department
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PROVIDENCE - Brown University’s Urban Education Policy (UEP) master’s program, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, will host an alumni reunion on Commencement weekend featuring Rhode Island Education Commissioner Dr. Ken Wagner and keynote speaker Dr. William Hite, Jr., superintendent of Philadelphia Public Schools, announced Professor Kenneth K. Wong, Education Chair and UEP founding director.

The UEP master’s program, a collaboration between the Education Department and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) at Brown University, is designed to impart a set of core skills and competencies necessary for successful careers in urban education policy formation and analysis. To date, degrees have been conferred on over 200 graduates who have completed the tightly focused, 12-month academic curriculum, integrated with a nine-month internship.

The half-day anniversary program, entitled “The Future of Urban School Systems,” kicks-off at 8:30am on Saturday, May 28, at the Kasper Multipurpose Room of Brown’s Stephen Robert Campus Center. Following Dr. Wagner’s opening remarks, UEP faculty will reflect on the program’s first decade, after which foundation leaders will participate in a panel discussion entitled “The Role of Foundations in School Reform.” Dr. Hite’s keynote address – “Leading and Managing Complex Urban School Systems: Perspective from the School District of Philadelphia” – will close the formal portion of the celebration.

“As a key initiative under former Brown University President Ruth Simmons’s 2005 Plan for Academic Enrichment, the UEP program has established its prominence both on campus and in the larger education reform community over the past decade,” said Wong, chair of Brown’s Education Department and the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Professor in Urban Education Policy.

“We have trained and equipped a distinctive, national network of change agents and policy analysts, many of whom are now leading critically important urban school initiatives around the country.”

Adds AISR Deputy Director Michael Grady, an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Education and faculty member in the Urban Education Policy (UEP) Program:

“President Simmons exemplified a steadfast pledge to create better futures for public school students in our most underserved communities. Her vision and guidance motivated us to strive for the transformation of urban school districts that integrate high-quality learning opportunities for all students through the leadership of the next generation of education reformers."

Dr. Grady teaches in the UEP program along with several other senior staff members from AISR, including former Executive Director and current Senior Fellow Dr. Warren Simmons and Principal Associate Dr. Jaime Del Razo.


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PUBLICATION: The Next Generation of Reformers
This issue of Voices in Urban EduCation developed in partnership with Brown University’s Graduate School of Education/Urban Education Policy (UEP) Program, illuminates some of the initial outcomes of the UEP program from the perspective of recent graduates.

About AISR

AISR is a national education policy research and reform support organization that focuses on improving conditions and outcomes for all students in urban K–12 public schools, especially those attended by traditionally underserved children. Founded in 1993 with support from the Annenberg Foundation, AISR participates in all aspects of the UEP program, from contributing to curriculum development to teaching to intern placement. AISR’s involvement gives UEP graduate students a unique opportunity to connect to the world of “practice” as they develop core skills through academic course work.

In 2012, AISR’s Board of Overseers established the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a permanent annual, full-tuition award for UEP master's degree candidates that honors the University's retired president and former AISR board chair.

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