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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'
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"You may call the issue an opportunity gap. You may refer to this problem as a wealth gap."


Often wonder why we skirt around the issues, focusing on the results and not the problem itself.  If we went to the core (wealth and opportunity) we just might make decisions that made things better.  

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Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs

Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
I had lunch with one of our team members last week, and she shared a story about her elementary-aged son that made me cringe. The teacher had students take a learning styles assessment to determin

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callooh's curator insight, March 6, 5:18 AM

Have you fallen prey to any of these learning myths?

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" The instructional design has to save them from themselves."

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, March 11, 5:59 AM

While this applies to adult Professional Learning, I think the principles can be applied to children as well.  These are great things to consider no matter who we are teaching.

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College admissions are a joke: Why the process has nothing to do with education

College admissions are a joke: Why the process has nothing to do with education | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
The truth is, SATs and college admissions in general are just about socioeconomic sorting. What's the point?
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The truth is, SATs and college admissions in general are just about socioeconomic sorting. What's the point?
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Jane Fonda: Raising Emotionally Literate Sons | Omega

Jane Fonda: Raising Emotionally Literate Sons | Omega | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
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"We need to do everything to raise our sons to be emotionally literate; to keep them connected head to heart.  Capable of intimacy and love and compassion and intimacy."

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Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development

Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
A new study links poverty with slower early brain development. According to the study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain.
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Davina De Laure's curator insight, January 26, 5:29 AM

this is my insight

i was shock to find out how poverty influences children's early brian development. This is because environmental factors that contribute to slower brain development often come with poverty, such as poor nutrition, a lack of sleep, an unsafe environment, and a lack of books and educational toys.i think that the goverment should do something about this issuse so that every child would have a equally head start in life. seeing child suffering due to lack of resorces makes me think that i should be lucky to have a place to study and have a family that is well to do and also have books to study and we can also make a differance for this children by donating books that we have used instead of throwing it donating money clothes etc

Ann Tan's comment, February 2, 9:18 PM
After reading this article, I think that the main factor which is hindering the children living in poverty is the environment they lived in.Children living in poverty lacked resources such as writing materials and books. Children do not have the basic materials a normal child needs. Children living in poverty have lack of nutrition, a shortage of sleep, an unsafe environment and a lack of books which results in a slower brain developmentParents could not afford to send their kids to school. Also, parents living in poverty are not highly educated too, hence, parents would be the greatest influence to children at the young age. I think that the government should set up free school for children living in poverty or poverty would be passed down from generations to generations with no education as it is very important. After reading this article, I think we should all be grateful and cherish what we have and how fortunate we are to have education.
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Linking poverty with slow early grown brain development.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own, and it's growing in practice at schools around the country.

Via Mel Riddile, Les Howard
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The research on restorative justice is solid.  Key variables:  Restorative programmes are characterized by four key values:

Encounter:  Create opportunities for victims, offenders and community members who want to do so to meet to discuss the crime and its aftermathAmends:  Expect offenders to take steps to repair the harm they have causedReintegration:  Seek to restore victims and offenders  to whole, contributing members of societyInclusion:  Provide opportunities for parties with a stake in a specific crime to participate in its resolution
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J Cave's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:57 AM

Restorative justice is something that I will be learning more about but on its face it seems like it is something that more schools should really look into.   Especially if it is effective and gives something for schools to use that may rely to heavy on suspensions and expulsions.

 

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What Does Your Life Expectancy Have To Do With Your Zip Code? Everything.

What Does Your Life Expectancy Have To Do With Your Zip Code? Everything. | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Think everyone should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Try this one on for size.
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Oh my...just watch. 

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SmartBlog on Education - Repairing urban education - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - Repairing urban education - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
As another school year gets under way, our country has the opportunity to repair urban education in a substantive, strategic and sustainable way -- using p
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Professional learning and growth for teachers certainly will help.  I can't help but broaden this picture though.  

 

The problem with focusing on teacher skills and not larger issues around the culture of poverty, housing policy and the surrounding community at-large will fail to go to the core.  

 

My thoughts.........http://wp.me/p2IVNt-s

 

 

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A Class Divided

A Class Divided | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Almost 20 years ago, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, a teacher in a small town in Iowa tried a daring classroom experiment. She decided to treat children with blue eyes as superior to children with brown eyes.
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Very much worth reading........

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Krugman Slams Harvard Economist's Defense Of The 1 Percent

Krugman Slams Harvard Economist's Defense Of The 1 Percent | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Paul Krugman thinks Harvard economist Greg Mankiw forgot an important detail in his new paper, "Defending The One Percent": Social inequality just keeps growing.
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We are a much more unequal society..............will this continue?

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Many Dropouts Try—and Fail—to Return to School

Many Dropouts Try—and Fail—to Return to School | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Getting the students past the schoolhouse door may be the easy part. Keeping them long enough to get a diploma is another thing entirely, say experts and educators.
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""It's not always easy to take an honest look at our systems and have honest conversations about what we're doing right and what we're not doing," she says. "But all you have to do is have a conversation with a student you know has been re-engaged, and it becomes a lot easier. If we're going to make any change that leads to lasting results, we have to involve students.""


The system does not fit everyone........we can change that.  We really can!  What matters?  The RELATIONSHIP!

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No Rich Child Left Behind

No Rich Child Left Behind | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race.
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We don't talk about income disparity, in part, because it is one of those things we can't do anything about.  Or can we?

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10 Resources For Teaching About Drug and Alcohol Awareness - Edudemic

10 Resources For Teaching About Drug and Alcohol Awareness - Edudemic | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Drug and alcohol awareness is an issue that affects students, families, and society in general. It is critical to be aware of the issues surrounding alcohol and drug abuse.
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Restorative justice: One high school's path to reducing suspensions by half

Restorative justice: One high school's path to reducing suspensions by half | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
In one tough high school in Oakland, Calif., a restorative justice program has cut suspensions in half in just a year.

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, April 1, 2013 6:23 PM

This is not really new- but it just needs to be used with fidelity.

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Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds

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A report showing the use of excessively punitive policies in public schools against our most vulnerable children should shame the nation.
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"Earlier this year, it issued extensive guidance to school districts on how to recognize and avoid discriminatory practices, and it called for more training for teachers in classroom management. School districts need to re-examine how they discipline students, especially the youngest and most fragile in their care."

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INTERVENTION Beats Retention! - YouTube

Michigan House Bill 5111 would retain third-graders that test below grade-level in reading. There are better options. VIDEO: Les Howard, Literacy Education C...
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Retention does not WORK!

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Martin Luther King Jr. 'I Have a Dream' Speech Full Text Transcript: MLK Jr. Day 2014 Celebrated Across America (Full Speech Video)

Martin Luther King Jr. 'I Have a Dream' Speech Full Text Transcript: MLK Jr. Day 2014 Celebrated Across America (Full Speech Video) | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014 will be marked on Monday, January 20, with the nation celebrating the birthday of the historical civil rights leader.
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Taking time to remember..........

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."

The pockets of poverty on our planet, still, include people of color, primarily. This is deeply disturbing. 

What will free us is the slow melding of the skin colors. I believe in the US, for the first time, more babies of color were born. White is no longer the majority here. I want to live to see this change so that...........ALL " little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

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New program to help Trenton students with behavioral, emotional problems

New program to help Trenton students with behavioral, emotional problems | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
The new Harrison Alternative Program was begun this September, replacing the Rivera Learning Community.
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Alternative needs to start earlier!

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Day of the girl: innovation through education

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ICT access alone won't empower girls, unless it is made part of a holistic strategy that tackles gender inequality, discrimination and poverty (Day of the girl: innovation through education | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional...
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On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”

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Lifelines for Poor Children

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While education is a great equalizer of opportunity, American programs don’t start early enough. Nor do they produce the skills that matter most for personal and societal prosperity.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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There is enough proof needed to show the importance of starting early.

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J Cave's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:58 AM

Early education is critical and can mean a world of difference in a child's life.  As we move forward with education policy we must put significant resources behind early education.

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Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders

Dropout Indicators Found for 1st Graders | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Researchers in Montgomery County, Md., have identified warning signals, such as poor grades or a high number of absences, that can flag students as early as 1st grade who are likely to drop out later.
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Interesting insight.......will it replicate outside of Md?

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The Big Picture: Student-Centered & Competency-Based Learning

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Radical personalization is the core innovation of the Big Picture school model--it was flex before we knew what to call it. Their approach to internships remains a best practice. Twenty years afte...
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Radical personalization.......great concept.  This model is definitely worth looking into.  

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Speed of Ascent

Speed of Ascent | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court sends a signal that the era of race-based affirmative action is waning.
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Wow........"affirmative action programs weren’t wrong for their time, but they are being replaced."



1.  First, economic inequality now trumps racial inequality as the chief source of disadvantage.

2. Second, the ethnic makeup of the country has become more complex.

3.  Third, we’re living in an age of data.

4. The result is that race-based affirmative action, while not being rejected, is being subsumed within class-based affirmative action.


"What are we looking for when we admit a student into a university? We’re looking for speed of ascent, not academic attainment at one moment in time. A student who’s risen from an economic catastrophe to achieve a B-plus average has more speed of ascent than the child of law professors who has an A average. The first student may be more expensive to teach. She may not write as many big alumni checks. But she’ll reflect more credit on her school and society."

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Desire, focus and stability: The path to success for students

Desire, focus and stability: The path to success for students | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
How can we best keep students in school?
This is a hard question to answer, as it depends on each individual student.
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The reasons students drop out are numerous.  

 

If every HS adopted the structure/philosophy of alternative HS, there may be no need for alternative schooling.  

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Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits...

Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits... | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Jack Hostager is a high school sophomore enrolled in an Eastern Iowa High School. His blog, Straight from the Desk, seeks to add the seldom heard voice of the student. (Real-world learning vs. school grades & credits.
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Black Male Graduation Rates Improving | University Business Magazine

Black Male Graduation Rates Improving | University Business Magazine | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for higher education decision makers. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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