Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera is a sociologist at New York University whose work focuses on the impact of demographics, as well as of social and economic conditions, on schools around the country. Dr. Noguera's video interview with Colorín Colorado is featured in our Meet the Experts section.

Books by This Author

A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men

In this groundbreaking work, David Kirkland, an associate professor of English Education at New York University, explores a new approach to looking at the lives and literacies of young Black men, as well as the silence that defines their experiences. Kirkland follows a group of six young men over a number of years through their schooling and personal lives and immerses himself in their use of language, from the secret collection of poetry that one is writing to the creative facility with rap and rhyme that another possesses.

Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap

Product Description: After years of applying more pressure on schools to raise achievement levels for all students, particularly those who underperform their mainstream peers, the achievement gap today remains virtually unchanged. Two giants in the fields of education, psychology, and equity — A. Wade Boykin and Pedro Noguera — reveal bold truths about the achievement gap, including what is wrong with popular approaches to closing the achievement gap and why some school districts are making more progress than others in building the capacity of high-performance, high-poverty schools.

Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student

School leaders know that the journey to equity can involve turmoil and controversy. This illuminating book demonstrates how in the most effective schools here and worldwide, equity is the most powerful means we have to lift all children to higher achievement.  The authors challenge the “zero sum” myth head-on, arguing that equity is truly the path to excellence – for low AND high-achieving students, and our educational system overall.

Invisible No More: Understanding the Disenfranchisement of Latino Men and Boys

Product Description: This groundbreaking interdisciplinary volume addresses the dearth of scholarship and information about Latino men and boys to further our understanding of the unique challenges and obstacles that they confront during this historical moment. The contributors represent a cross section of disciplines from health, criminal justice, education, literature, psychology, economics, labor, sociology and more, offering research and policy a set of principles and overarching guidelines for decreasing the invisibility and thus the disenfranchisement of Latino men and boys.

Schooling for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of Black and Latino Boys

Product Description: As a group, Black and Latino boys face persistent and devastating disparities in achievement when compared to their White counterparts. Schooling for Resilience investigates how seven newly formed schools, created specifically to serve boys of color, set out to address the broad array of academic and social problems faced by Black and Latino boys.

The Trouble With Black Boys: ...And Other Reflections on Race, Equity, and the Future of Public Education

"In this compelling series of essays, Noguera cites research and his own personal experience — as a minority, a father, and an educator — to explore the myriad ways that young black and Hispanic males are expected to run afoul of middle-class American norms and often do. He argues that public schools…are the only institutions with the access and resources to turn around troubling social trends.

Books by This Editor

City Kids, City Schools: More Reports from the Front Row

Product Description: A contemporary companion to City Kids, City Teachers: Reports from the Front Row, this new and timely collection has been compiled by four of the country's most prominent urban educators. Contributors including Sandra Cisneros, Jonathan Kozol, Sapphire, and Patricia J. Williams provide some of the best writing on life in city schools and neighborhoods.