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Charles M. Payne to speak at Lynch School

11th Annual LSOE Symposium

Charles M. Payne

Charles M. Payne, a leading scholar of school reform and effective learning in urban environments, will address the 11th Annual Lynch School of Education Symposium on Monday, December 6, 2010. The Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service and Administration, Payne is an award-winning educator and author.

The title of Payne’s Lynch symposium lecture, "So Much Reform: Maybe A Little Change," is a play on the title of his recent book, So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools (Harvard Education Publishing Group), which explores why close to 30 years of school reform has brought so little change to Chicago’s public schools.

"Payne’s remarks will be particularly pertinent as we prepare to launch the new Lynch Leadership Academy," said Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., dean of the Lynch School of Education. "The success of this training program for novice principals in urban schools depends on our understanding of the culture and social challenges that urban Catholic, district, and charter schools face. Payne’s experiences and expertise is sure to enhance the already established research and conversation that is held here at the Lynch School."

Payne held the Charles Deering McCormick Chair for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, and Duke University’s Sally Dalton Robinson Chair for excellence in teaching and research before he joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2007. He is the author of Getting What We Ask For: The Ambiguity of Success and Failure in Urban Education (Greenwood Press), and I’ve Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (University of California Press). The latter won outstanding book awards from Choice magazine and the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States; the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council; and the McLemore Prize from the Mississippi Historical Society.

Lynch School faculty members Lauri Johnson and Lisa Patel-Stevens will respond to Payne’s lecture. Following the symposium, Lynch School students will pay tribute to two exemplary teachers, Jane Thorne Peoples, a retired math teacher from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Viet Pham, a chemistry teacher at Souhegan High School in Amherst, New Hampshire.

The symposium and awards ceremony will be held in the Murray Room, Yawkey Center, on the Chestnut Hill Campus. Admission is free. Contact with any questions.