Claude Steele to Discuss “Stereotype Threat” on Feb. 2
Claude Steele, an internationally renowned social scientist, author and Crossroads grandparent, will speak at the next K-12 Parent Education Evening on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7-9 p.m. in the Community Room, located on the Norton Campus.
His talk, “Stereotype Threat: Impact on Achievement,” will center on his theory of stereotype threat: that racial, gender and other stereotypes can negatively impact student performance and lead to academic underachievement.
Claude is the executive vice chancellor and provost at UC Berkeley and the former James Quillen dean at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. In his 2010 book “Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” he offers a vivid first-person account of the research that supports his groundbreaking conclusions on stereotypes and identity. He sheds new light on American social phenomena such as racial and gender gaps in test scores and the belief in the superior athletic prowess of black men, and lays out a plan for mitigating these “stereotype threats” and reshaping American identities.