22-24 January 2018 - Closing Final Conference Antwerp, 2018
Russell Rumberger is a Professor Emeritus in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research focuses on several areas of education: education and work; the schooling of disadvantaged students, particularly school dropouts and linguistic minority students; school effectiveness; and education policy. He has served on three committees of the National Research Council and was the chair of the Institute of Education Sciences panel that produced the practice guide, Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools (2017). His book, Dropping Out: Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It (Harvard University Press, 2011) was called a "masterpiece" by the Washington Post and nominated for the AERA Outstanding Book Award. From 2010-12 he served as the Vice Provost for Education Partnerships, University of California Office of the President. He currently directs the California Dropout Research Project, which produces reports and policy briefs about the dropout problem in California. Professor Rumberger received a Ph.D. in Education and a M.A. in Economics from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. In 2013 he was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association and received the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award, Sociology of Education SIG, American Educational Research Association. In 2016 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.
Dr. Paul Downes is Director of the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Senior Lecturer in Education (Psychology), Institute of Education, Dublin City University, Ireland. He has been involved in various expert advisory roles for the European Commission in areas of social inequalities, lifelong learning, second chance education and early school leaving, as well as being an advisor to a number of the European Commission’s School Policy Working Groups. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and University of Cambridge, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, a member of the Irish Senate and Parliament Expert Group on early school leaving, an advisor to the Irish Education Ministry and Children’s Ministry and is Chair of Grangegorman Area Based Childhood Programme. Published internationally in areas of psychology, education, law, philosophy, anthropology and social policy, he has given keynote lectures and invited presentations on education in over 25 countries. His books include The Primordial Dance: Diametric and Concentric Spaces in the Unconscious World (2012) and Access to Education in Europe: A Framework and Agenda for System Change (2014). He has led recent reports for the EU Commission on structural indicators for inclusive systems and on school bullying. His contribution to international policy and practice includes invitations from 8 different countries’ official ministries to present his research on various aspects of inclusive systems in education, as well as from the EU Parliament Working Group on Quality of Childhood, EU Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights, European Network of Education Councils (EUNEC), and UNICEF.