Is Separation the Solution? 
A Convening to Discuss The Theory and Practice of Gender-Based School Reforms for At-Risk Students of Color
May 6-7, UCLA School of Law


9:30-­10:00        Registration

10:00-­10:15      Welcome and Overview

10:15-­12:15      Roundtable I: Author Meets Critics
Discussion of The Separation Solution?: Single­Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality (UC Press, 2016)

Since the 1990s, there has been a resurgence of interest in single­sex education across the United States, and many public schools have created all­boys and all­girls classes for students in grades K­12.  The Separation Solution? Single­Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality provides an in­depth analysis of controversies sparked by recent efforts to separate boys and girls at school.  Reviewing evidence from research studies, court cases, and hundreds of news media reports on local single­sex initiatives, The Separation Solution? offers fresh and provocative insight into popular conceptions of the nature and significance of gender differences in education and beyond.  Adopting an intersectional approach, this book identifies the distinctive political dynamics and social effects engendered by identity­based claims­making. 

Abigail Saguy, UCLA, Sociology

Round Table Participants: 
Kimberlé Crenshaw, UCLA and Columbia, Law
Michael Messner, USC, Sociology and Gender Studies
Linda Sax, UCLA, Education
Juliet Williams, UCLA, Gender Studies

12:15-­1:00  Lunch Break

1:00-­2:45  Roundtable II: Intersectionality and Educational Inequality: Single­Sex Education

Building on themes introduced in the morning session, this discussion will  explore the history, theory, and  practice  of gender­based  interventions for  at­ risk students  of  color.   How  do single­sex  initiatives today  differ  from approaches adopted  in  the  past?  What  kinds  of  data  have  been marshalled  to substantiate  claims  that  boys  of  color  are uniquely  disadvantaged?   Does  an  emphasis  on  gender difference downplay or mask the causal role of racial and economic inequality?  Are girls of color being left behind? 

Diane Halpern, Dean of Social Science, the Minerva Schools at KGI (Keck Graduate Institute)

Roundtable Participants:
Pedro Noguera, UCLA & NYU, Education
Barbara Arnwine, Pres. & Founder ­ Transformative Justice Coalition
Michael Dumas, UC Berkeley, Education
Verna Williams, U. Cincinnati Law School 

3:00-­4:45   Roundtable III:  Experimentation and the Enforcement of Title IX and the Constitution

Single­sex education has been framed as an experimental measure to address the achievement gaps faced by boys of color.  Critics, however, have raised concerns about gender equity and the potential for sex stereotyping  in single­sex environments.  Although  Title  IX  guarantees  that  girls will  have  access  to substantially equal educational opportunities, few mechanisms exist to ensure that these legal protections are  enforced  and  that  experimental measures  are  evaluated  to  determine  the  effectiveness of  gender-separate learning environments.  This Round Table discussion will address challenges and opportunities for  researchers  and  advocates  to  work  more  effectively together  to  assess  both  efficacy  and  equity concerns related to single­-sex education.

Pedro Noguera, UCLA & NYU, Education

Roundtable Participants:
Galen Sherwin, Sr. Staff Attorney, Women’s Rights Project, ACLU
Tyrone Howard, UCLA, Education
Rebecca Bigler, UT Austin, Psychology and Gender Studies
Erin Pahlke, Whitman College, Psychology

5:00-­6:00 Beyond Separation: Reflections & Questions for a New Day
Barbara Arnwine, Pres. & Founder ­ Transformative Justice Coalition
Alvin Starks, The Schomberg Institute
Walter Allen, UCLA, Sociology



9:00­-10:30  Roundtable IV: Thinking Beyond the Gendered Parameters of Race & School Reform

The contours of gender-­based school reform have been shaped by wider discourses about the social costs of educational failure of boys of color.  Crime, mass incarceration, unemployment, family pathology, and other social problems have been foregrounded as critical social problems that can be addressed by gender-differentiated interventions.  Yet beliefs that school reform can provide solutions to these wide ranging social  problems  exist  in tension  with  the  political  constraints  against  addressing systemic  racial inequality.  In  this  Roundtable, participants will  explore  the  consequences  of situating school  reform discourses within such narrow parameters,  and the benefits to youth of  color  and their  communities of broadening the scope of intervention beyond the current frame.

Marcus Hunter, UCLA, Sociology

Roundtable Participants:
Lisalyn Jacobs, CEO, Just Solutions
Dennis Parker, Director, Racial Justice Program, ACLU
Jyoti Nanda, UCLA, Law
Barbara Smith, Special Community Projects Coordinator/Equity Agenda for the City of Albany, NY

10:45-­12:15  Roundtable V:  Philanthropy as Ground Zero: Reframing Race/Gender Equity in Educational Achievement and Youth Development

Philanthropy has contributed to the foregrounding of gender difference in strategies designed to combat racial disparities in education and youth development.  Research, advocacy and policy development emerge in environments shaped by both philanthropic investment and absence.   In this final discussion, 

participants will consider the role of philanthropy in shaping contemporary practices around education and youth development, and reflect on emerging trends that prioritize robust intersectional frameworks to enhance educational achievement, security and well being for youth of color.

Alvin Starks, The Schomberg Institute

Roundtable Participants
Lateefah Simon  The Rosenberg Foundation
Malika Saada Saar, Google
Priscilla Ocen, Loyola Law School

12:15-­1:15  Lunch and Affinity Group Discussion

Over lunch, participants will convene in affinity­based table discussions to concretize best practices to enhance sustainable educational and youth development.  Groups will include research, policy, institutional accountability, philanthropy, community building and advocacy sectors. 

1:15-­2:00    Closing