Learn how to raise achievement levels for all students—while narrowing gaps between groups—by increasing teacher, student, and family engagement.
Most of today’s American schools seek to raise achievement and close gaps for students whose achievement lags—but what does it really take to improve outcomes for all students in a diverse school community?
Closing the Achievement Gap uses cutting-edge frameworks to help participants consider how instructional quality, student engagement, youth development practices, parenting, and school leadership all contribute to student achievement. The program gives special focus to the challenges of responding effectively to racial, ethnic, and socio-economic differences. Using a socio-ecological approach, participants will consider the interdependence of various stakeholders and will learn how their school community can work together to pursue shared improvement goals.
This program uses research findings from the Tripod Project for school improvement, which surveys students and teachers around the nation to understand how they experience teaching and learning. Findings are often surprising and have important implications for school leadership.
Prior to the program, you will have access to an online tool you can use to collect stakeholder perspectives on pertinent issues in your school or district. During your time on campus, you will draw on these survey data and ideas presented in readings and lectures to outline an action plan that will engage your community in accomplishing your goals for excellence with equity.
- Explore theoretical and practical frameworks for understanding the challenge of closing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic achievement gaps
- Examine instructional leadership techniques that improve teacher engagement with students who do not perform to their potential
- Learn how to mobilize students to create peer-to-peer support for achievement
- Learn how to effectively involve parents and families in raising achievement
- Consider how to engage your community in public discourse about achievement gaps