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Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices

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It's no secret that students attending urban schools in the United States do not fare as well on measures of achievement as their rural and suburban counterparts. According to Belinda Williams and her coauthors, this gap is largely due to a little acknowledged fact: poor and minority students bring culturally distinct values and beliefs to the classroom that are often incompatible with the biases inherent in the curriculum, assessment measures, and teachers themselves. This second edition of Closing the ...
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Overview

It's no secret that students attending urban schools in the United States do not fare as well on measures of achievement as their rural and suburban counterparts. According to Belinda Williams and her coauthors, this gap is largely due to a little acknowledged fact: poor and minority students bring culturally distinct values and beliefs to the classroom that are often incompatible with the biases inherent in the curriculum, assessment measures, and teachers themselves. This second edition of Closing the Achievement Gap argues that if education reform is to work, educators must become more sensitive to the worldviews of disadvantaged students -- and incorporate this awareness into their day-to-day work. In addition to providing a framework for meeting these challenges, this book offers specific suggestions for bridging the cultural divide through such diverse methods as direct vocabulary instruction, opportunity-to-learn strategies, and school-level organizational reform. Thoroughly researched and eloquently written, it is a vital resource for ensuring that students of all backgrounds succeed equally well in the classroom.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780871202734
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 What Else Do We Need to Know and Do? 13
Ch. 2 The Continuing Challenges of Excellence and Equity 25
Ch. 3 Direct Vocabulary Instruction: An Idea Whose Time Has Come 48
Ch. 4 Cultural Values in Learning and Education 67
Ch. 5 Pedagogy, Knowledge, and Teacher Preparation 99
Ch. 6 Turnaround Teachers and Schools 115
Ch. 7 Implementing Opportunity-to-Learn Assessment Strategies and Standards 138
Ch. 8 Schools That Work for Teachers and Students 154
Ch. 9 Reframing the Reform Agenda 178
Index 197
About the Authors 203
Related Resources 208
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