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Category Archives: The Achievement Gap

I Got Caught Reading

In an article for UCteen, high school student, Anthony Turner, discusses how he was “caught” reading by a group of students from his high school. Anthony, who is African-American, notes: “Recently I was ‘caught’ reading at McDonald’s by a group … Continue reading

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ACT College Readiness 2012: African Americans

Why focus on demographically identifiable subgroups? One of the challenges in my work with schools, faith-based organizations, and community agencies is to get them to take a holistic view of student achievement within the context of demographically identifiable subgroups. By … Continue reading

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STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Although STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related careers are considered to represent the most important employment and highest paying job/career opportunities of the future, the recent report by the Fordham Institute, “The State of State Science Standards,” reports that … Continue reading

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Increasing Black Male College Access and Success

The illustration above is from the National Black Male College Achievement Study by Penn University Professor Shaun R. Harper, Ph.D., “Black Male Student Success in Higher Education.” The study provides a different research perspective as to the plight of Black … Continue reading

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Increasing Black Male Achievement (WCPSS)

Wake County Public Schools’ Saturday Speaker Institute I was honored at having been invited to speak at the distinguished Wake County Public Schools’ Saturday Speaker Institute. I was equally gratified to have so many educators set aside their Saturday to engage … Continue reading

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What is Your Child Learning?

As we approach the winter break, after the first of the year, most students will be receiving their first semester report cards. Parents should sit down with their children and carefully review their grades and the type of classes that … Continue reading

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Counselors Do Not Have Time to Provide Counseling!

If parents and students are relying on their middle school and high school counselors to provide the necessary guidance for college and career preparation then they are likely to find themselves in trouble. The research has long indicated that counselors … Continue reading

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Presentations at the NABSE Conference

Visionary Leaders Principal’s Institute (Presented at the NABSE Conference in New Orleans, LA) At today’s Visionary Leaders Principal’s Institute participants were led through important strategic discussions as a precursor to identifying the people, programs, and practices needed to cultivate a … Continue reading

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3rd Grade Reading is Critical to College Enrollment

A report by the University of Chicago, “Reading on Grade Level in Third Grade: How Is It Related to High School Performance and College Enrollment” provides important tips for parents and teachers: “For children, a critical transition takes place during … Continue reading

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Lack of Teacher Diversity Requires Special Strategies

The recent report by the Center for American Progress,, “Teacher Diversity Matters: A State-by-State Analysis of Teachers of Color,” students of color are unlikely to have classroom teachers who look like them or who share their life experiences. More than … Continue reading

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