Author to Discuss 'School Pushout' at MCLA Leadership Academy


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) Leadership Academy will present a lecture, "Understanding School Pushout," by author Eve Tuck, on Wednesday, July 17, from 6:30 to 8:45p.m., in Murdock Hall room 218.

The event, which will explore findings reported in Tuck's 2012 book, "Urban Youth and School Pushout: Gateways, Get-aways, and the GED," is free and open to the public.

As part of this lecture, Tuck will describe how federal, state, and local education policies can create a perfect storm of conditions that prompt school "pushout," and discuss what critical educational leaders can do to intervene and improve those conditions.  Tuck will emphasize the connection between school "pushout" and high rates of teacher turnover. 

An interactive discussion will give the audience time to try on new ideas, and brainstorm possible interventions and solutions. 

Tuck has conducted participatory action research with youth from all over the world on human rights violations in their schools, and with New York City youth on school push-out, the value of the GED, and the impacts of mayoral control.  

Her publications are concerned with the ethics of social science research and educational research, indigenous social and political thought, decolonizing research methodologies and theories of change, and the consequences of neoliberal accountability policies on school completion.

Tuck also is the co-editor (with K. Wayne Yang) of the forthcoming "Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change" (Routledge, 2014).  She is an enrolled member of Alaska's Tribal Government of St. Paul Island, as well as an assistant professor of educational foundations and the coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at SUNY-New Paltz.

Each year, MCLA's Leadership Academy prepares educators for a successful future in educational administration and leadership. The Academy provides an integrated approach to leadership for men and women who are interested in advancing professionally and activating change in educational environments.

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