Ronald Ferguson (economist)
Ronald F. Ferguson (born 1950) in Cleveland, Ohio is an economist who researches factors that affect educational achievement. Major themes in his work include the race-related achievement gap in the United States and how to improve schools and identify effective teachers.
He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Education and Public Policy with a joint appointment to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School, and is also affiliated with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. He is one of the founders and the current director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.
Ferguson's research for the past decade has focused on education and school improvement, with a focus on racial achievement gaps.
- Ferguson, Ronald M. "Urban Problems and Community Development". Brookings Institution Press; 1999. ISBN 0-8157-1876-4
- Ferguson, Ronald M. Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap. Harvard Education Press; 2008. ISBN 1-891792-78-4.
- Ferguson, Ronald. CNN.com. Commentary: What Parents Can Do for their Kids; 17 July 2009.
- Symonds, William C., Robert B. Schwartz and Ronald Ferguson. Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century. Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education; February 2011.
- Winerip, Michael. Ronald Ferguson Works to Close Educational Achievement Gap. The New York Times. 13 February 2011.
- "Ronald Ferguson". Faculty and Staff Directory. Harvard University. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- Changing How Teachers Improve, about Ferguson's work on student evaluation of teachers