Tuition: $2,725 per person
Priority Application Deadline: May 26, 2017
Early application, in advance of the priority deadline, is strongly recommended. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Senior Lecturer Ronald Ferguson, faculty director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, is faculty chair of Closing the Achievement Gap. In this edition of the EdCast, he describes the institute and explains what participants can expect when they attend. Listen now to learn more about this upcoming institute.
Learn how to raise achievement levels for all students—while narrowing the gaps between groups—by increasing teacher, student and family engagement. Return to your school or district with a concrete strategy to engage key stakeholders in striving for excellence with equity.
Closing the Achievement Gap focuses on contemporary frameworks used to understand instructional quality, student engagement, youth development, parenting and leadership in racially diverse communities. Challenges of responding effectively to racial, ethnic and socio-economic differences within school communities will receive special attention. Using a socio-ecological approach, you will consider the interdependence of each stakeholder’s role in raising student achievement and closing gaps. You will gain a firm understanding of how your school community can strategically and effectively work together with shared goals for improved student outcomes.
The program features research findings from the Tripod Project for school improvement, which surveys students and teachers around the nation in an effort to understand how they experience teaching and learning. Findings are often surprising and have important implications for our schools. For example, many students pretend they are not trying and do not care, when neither is actually the case. Findings such as these are featured in the program and have important implications for leadership in diverse schools and classrooms.
Prior to the program, you will have access to a Harvard-designed online research tool you can use to collect perspectives from local stakeholders on key issues in your school or district. Using ideas from the program and the survey data, you will outline an action plan to engage others toward accomplishing your goals when you return home.
“I have been impressed with the breadth of the information, the passion of the commitment to the cause, and the courage to have all of the conversations. My sincere appreciation and respect to all involved.” —2012 participant
“I will use what I learned about making content culturally relevant and accessible through strategies I learned this week!” —Sonya Anglin, Elementary Teacher, Lincoln Co. High School, Mount Vernon, KY
“Thank you to the entire staff of presenters and organizers for the thoughtful design and execution. I leave more informed, courageous and respectful of the myriad of dynamics that have led to the achievement gap and those that I can influence to help narrow that gap. I am grateful to Ron.” —Stephanie Joyce, Teacher, Crocker Farm Elementary School, Amherst, MA
“Practical, immediately applicable.” —Jason T. Williams, Assistant/Associate Principal, Northeast High School, Pasadena, MD
Session with Elizabeth City: Using Data to identify Issues and Set Priorities
Ronald Ferguson is adjunct lecturer on public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. For much of the past decade, Ferguson's research has focused on racial achievement gaps, appearing in publications by the National Research Council, the Brookings Institution, the U.S. Department of Education and the Educational Research Service. He is the creator and research director of the Tripod Project for School Improvement, the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard and a faculty co-chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Initiative.
Admission to Closing the Achievement Gap is competitive; we regret that we are unable to accommodate all applicants. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible. Both individuals and teams are welcome to apply. As the program fills quickly, early application is encouraged.
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The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.
Payment or a purchase order must be received within thirty days of program acceptance and prior to the program start. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. While a purchase order confirms a reservation, an outstanding balance is maintained until payment is rendered.
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The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.