SESP Co-Sponsors Talk by Dale Russakoff, Author of The Prize

SESP Co-Sponsors Talk by Dale Russakoff, Author of The Prize

Dale Russakoff

In the highly acclaimed book The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, former Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff tells the eye-opening story of what happened when the schools of Newark, New Jersey, received a $100 million gift. Russakoff will give a special lecture at Northwestern on December 1, co-sponsored by SESP.

Russakoff’s talk is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at McCormick Foundation Center Forum, with a reception immediately following. Reservations are required by November 27.

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research, SESP and Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Four SESP students have been invited to meet with Russakoff before the talk. They are Cara Franke, Kieara Reed, Shoshi Shapiro and Rachel Wolfe.

In The Prize, Russakoff uses her journalistic skills to portray the unprecedented effort to reform the beleaguered public school system of Newark, New Jersey — and the forces that interfere with that goal.

In 2010, when social media billionaire Mark Zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the schools, then-mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie were at his side. All had the best of intentions to transform the schools of Newark into a lighthouse of educational excellence for the entire country.

However, the "prize" intended for Newark’s children had a different impact than was intended, and Russakoff’s thought-provoking book tells the inside story in a way that illuminates a true picture of U.S. urban education today.

“Brilliantly reported … The Prize may well be one of the most important books on education to come along in years,” wrote Northwestern faculty member and author Alex Kotlowitz in the New York Times Book Review.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/19/15