Educational Studies Colloquium: Assistant Professor Leanne Kang

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Oct 29, 2020
12:00–1:30 p.m.
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"Dismantled; The Breakup of an Urban School System; Detroit, 1980-2016"

About the Discussion
A book talk on Dr. Kang's recently published book, Dismantled; The Breakup of an Urban School System; Detroit, 1980-2016. In this talk, Kang discusses what led to the extinction of the Detroit Public Schools in 2016, its meaning within the historical context of U.S. public schooling, and its implications for educators more broadly. In particular, she invites her audience to think about how she made sense of the rise of Betsy DeVos and the political dilemmas that are presented in the Detroit case study. She also discusses the merits of using historical analysis to examine education policy, particularly as it relates to the unfinished business of racial justice and equity in the U.S.

About Dr. Kang
Dr. Leanne Kang is an assistant professor of Educational Foundations at the College of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Policy from the University of Michigan. Kang works closely with preservice teachers and administrators across Michigan, particularly in Grand Rapids and Detroit. Her research examines how the history of urban education in the U.S. informs our understanding of current educational reform, policy, and practices. Achieving racial justice is also a driving force behind her teaching and research. She is the author of the book, Dismantled; The Breakup of an Urban School System; Detroit, 1980-2016. Prior to her academic career, Kang was a proud teacher of the most amazing students at an urban public high school in New Jersey.