Pedro Antonio Noguera

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Pedro Antonio Noguera

Pedro Antonio Noguera PhD, is a professor[1]in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).

Author of City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row, Ruby Dee (Foreword), Jeff Chang (Afterword), Bill Ayers (Editor), Billings, Gloria Ladson (Editor), Gregory Michie (Editor), Pedro Noguera (Editor), The New Press, August 2008.

He is the widower of Patricia Vattuone.

"Building Equitable Learning Environments"

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With Miguel Cardona, Cindy Marten, Olivia Carter, Pedro Noguera, Baruti Kafele,


"When Noguera was student body President at Cal during the South Africa divestment movement, his MO was to oppose and undermine direct actions and then take credit for them when they were successful. He was completely unprincipled, really someone who could not be trusted.

At that time he was an unacknowledged supporter of the League of Revolutionary Struggle...".[2]

Unity interview

In May 1985 the League of Revolutionary Struggle newspaper Unity published a supplement on the university South African divestment movement.

They profiled the activities of several campus groups involved in the campaign.

Berkely activists interviewed were...;

"A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond"

Unity, January 28 1991, issued a statement "A call to build an organization for the 1990s and beyond" on pages 4 to 6.

This group was a split in the League of Revolutionary Struggle which soon became the Unity Organizing Committee.

Those listed as supporters of the call included Pedro Noguera, Berkeley School Board, asst. professor UC Berkeley. .


Pedro Antonio Noguera, contributed an article to Unity Organizing Committee's Unity, May 8, 1991 "Why the Bush plan won't save our schools".

"Where to in'92"

The the February 1992 issue of the Unity Organizing Committee's Unity, carried commentary from several activists on their thoughts on politics in the 1990s.

Those interviewed were Rose Sanders, civil rights attorney, Selma, Oscar Rios, mayor of Watsonville California, Roger Green, state assemblyman Brooklyn, Wilma Chan school board president Oakland, Dr. James Zogby, president Arab American Institute, Pedro Noguera, president Berkeley School Board, Richard Moore, SouthWest Organizing Project, Tajel Shah, United States Student Association president, Merle Hansen, North American Farm Alliance, Wilma Mankiller, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, Walter Johnson, secretary treasurer San Francisco Labor Council, Ginny Montes general secretary NOW.

"Closing the Racial Achievement Gap"

Berkeley High School (BHS), recognized as a progressive public school that is attempting to address the well-publicized issues of race and class existing within its own walls, serves as the setting for Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools. As editors Pedro Antonio Noguera and Jean Yonemura Wing suggest, the Berkeley area presents the ideal opportunity to explore the complexities of producing “equitable schools in a society premised on inequality,” as even this idealistic and integrated California community struggles mightily to overcome racial achievement gaps. Why does a progressive school like BHS reproduce the racial achievement gaps found in schools across the nation? Why does the school struggle to unravel the complexities that contribute to long-standing inequalities?

Economic Policy Institute

Pedro Noguera serves[3]on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute.

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[4]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[5]

Education The crisis of public education. What is needed to create a school system which is free, universally accessible, multi-cultural, integrated and which truly prepares young people for adult life?

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Pedro Antonio Noguera of New York University signed the statement.[6]

The Nation

In 2009, the Editorial board of The Nation[7] included Pedro Antonio Noguera, Deborah Meier, Richard Falk, Deepak Bhargava, Norman Birnbaum, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances FitzGerald, Eric Foner, Philip Green, Lani Guinier, Tom Hayden, Tony Kushner, Elinor Langer, Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Victor Navasky, Richard Parker, Michael Pertschuk, Elizabeth Pochoda, Marcus Raskin, Kristina Rizga, Andrea Batista Schlesinger, David Weir and Roger Wilkins.

Southern Africa conference

In 1986 organizers of the West Coast Conference in Solidarity with the National Liberation Movements of South Africa (ANC) and Namibia (SWAPO) included Pedro Noguera, President, Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley.