General Session

Opening General Session
Angel Harris

Thursday, November 9
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Convention Center Ballroom

Research shows that children from minority groups and living in poverty are 250% less likely to be identified for gifted programs, even when they are performing at the same levels as their peers. Dr. Harris, a renowned Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, will highlight the central role education plays in social and economic well-being, particularly for these under-served children. Dr. Harris will outline the importance for understanding racial differences in achievement.

Dr. Harris is Director of the Research on Education and Development of Youth (REDY) Program at Duke University. He is the author of Kids Don’t Want to Fail, which provides an in-depth quantitative assessment of whether youth from marginalized groups purposefully resist schooling, and The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education, an examination of the link between parenting and youths’ schooling outcomes.

Angel L. Harris

Director, Program for Research on Education and Development of Youth
Duke University

Angel Harris is a Professor of sociology at Duke University. He is Director of the Research on the Education and Development of Youth (REDY) Program. His research interests include social inequality, policy, and education. Specifically, he studies the impact that youths’ perceptions of opportunities for upward socio-economic mobility have on their academic investment, as well as the long-term effects of occupational aspirations among youths in the United States (U.S.) and Europe. He has published several articles and book chapters on group differences in achievement that have appeared in various academic journals such as Social Forces, Sociology of Education, Social Science Quarterly, the Annals of the American and Political Social Science, and Sex Roles.

Professor Harris has appeared in several interviews to discuss race, culture, and education including Talk of the Nation on NPR and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A contributor to The Washington Post and the New York Times, he has received critical acclaim for his books, Kids Don’t Want to Fail: Oppositional Culture and the Black-White Achievement Gap (2011) and The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education (2014), both published through Harvard University Press.

Professor Harris earned a B.A. in psychology from Grambling State University, an M.A. in sociology from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan, where he won the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award. Prior to joining Duke University in 2013, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas-Austin and Princeton University.

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