Category Archives: Achievement Gap

New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on Resource Equity

From: U.S. Department of Education Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 9:56 AM Subject: New Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education on Resource Equity Dear Colleague: Today, the U.S. Department of Education, through its Office for Civil Rights (OCR), released guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to ensure that students have equal […]

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

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The Deceptive Data on Asians

Source: Insider Higher Ed June 7, 2013 By Scott Jaschik When Harvard University issued a news release last month about the freshman class it had just admitted, the announcement included information about the racial and ethnic make-up of the newly admitted students. Asian-Americans, the release said, would make up 20.9 percent of the class. Native […]

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Keeping Equity at the Center of Reform

Edweek.org http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2012/11/dear_deborah_while_were_still.html?cmp=ENL-EU-VIEWS2 Keeping Equity at the Center of Reform By Pedro Noguera on November 18, 2012 8:00 PM Dear Deborah, I’m glad to hear that your travels across the country have left you feeling inspired and encouraged about possibilities for change. I am too. I just spoke to over 400 school board members (CABE Connection […]

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How to Reduce Students’ Anxiety About Tests

How to Reduce Students’ Anxiety About Tests A certain amount of student anxiety about tests is normal and even helpful to performance, says SUNY/New Paltz professor Spencer Salend in this Kappan article. But between 25 and 40 percent of students experience severe test anxiety – they are extremely nervous and apprehensive, have physical symptoms (perspiration, […]

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20 Amazing Stats About Asian-American Achievement

Note: Thanks to Carol Brown for sharing this link from Online College   20 Amazing Stats About Asian-American Achievement For decades now, Asian Americans have been regarded as a “model minority,” with high achievement in school and doing well overall, particularly at the top of the curve. But there’s much more to the achievement of […]

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Tiger Moms and the Model Minority Myth

from Rethinking Schools Summer 2011 Some months ago, Yale law professor Amy Chua wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal that set off a media and cultural firestorm. Titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” the piece’s outlandish assertions about Asian immigrant parenting hit the requisite rounds on the 24-hour news cycle. Though the media […]

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