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50 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap (Multimedia Kit)
A Multimedia Kit for Professional Development

Third Edition


July 2010 | 248 pages | Corwin
Confronting gaps in school achievement requires a systematic examination of the entire school system and a comprehensive problem-solving approach. Written for school leaders, this completely revised and expanded edition outlines 50 detailed, researched-based strategies for developing high-performing schools.

Emphasizing the provision of equal educational opportunities for all learners, this book is organized around six critical standards:

- Teach a well-crafted, focused, valid, and clear curriculum

- Align assessments, programmes, and instructional resources with curriculum

- Promote student equality and equity

- Focus on mastery learning and effective teaching strategies

- Provide resources for establishing curriculum expectations, monitoring, and accountability

- Institute effective district and school planning, staff development, and resource allocation to create a quality learning environment

With field-tested best practices and an expanded bibliography and research base, this hands-on guide provides school leaders with strategies that give all learners the opportunity to succeed.

 
Preface
 
Dedication
 
About the Author of the Facilitator’s Guide and Video
 
About the Authors of the Book
 
How to Use This Guide
 
Standard by-Standard Study Guide for 50 Ways to Close the Achievement Gap by Carolyn J. Downey, et al.
 
Welcome and Book Study Seminars Introduction
Introduction Mini-Lecture I.1: Beginnings and Study Seminar Goals

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity I.2: Author Goals and Introduction

 
Reading and Discussion Activity I.3: Book Preface and Introduction

 
Reading and Discussion Activity I.4 Six Standards

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity I.5: History and Overview

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Welcome and Book Study Seminars Introduction

 
 
Standard One: Establish a Well-Crafted, Focused, Valid, and Clear Curriculum to Direct Teaching
Introduction Mini-Lecture and Discussion Starter Activities 1.A: Standard One Introduction

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 1.B: Standard One Overview

 
Reading and Journal Exercise Activity 1.C: Nine Strategies of Standard One

 
Discussion Activity 1.D: Analysis of Standard One

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 1.E: User Comments Regarding Standard One and Its’ Strategies

 
Application Exercise 1.F: Recommended Next Steps for Moving Toward the Meeting of Standard One Expectations

 
Closure Activities 1.G: Plus/Delta and Reflection

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Standard One

 
 
Standard Two: Provide Assessments with the Curriculum
Introduction Mini-Lecture and Discussion Starter Activities 2.A: Standard Two Introduction

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 2.B: Standard Two Overview

 
Reading and Journal Exercise Activity 2.C: Nine Strategies of Standard Two

 
Discussion Activity 2.D: Analysis of Standard Two

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 2.E: User Comments Regarding Standard Two and Its’ Strategies

 
Application Exercise 2.F: Recommended Next Steps for Moving Toward the Meeting of Standard Two Expectations

 
Closure Activities 2.G: Plus/Delta and Reflection

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Standard Two

 
 
Standard Three: Align Program and Instructional Resources with the Curriculum
Introduction Mini-Lecture and Discussion Starter Activities 3.A: Standard Three Introduction

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 3.B: Standard Three Overview

 
Reading and Journal Exercise Activity 3.C: Nine Strategies of Standard Three

 
Discussion Activity 3.D: Analysis of Standard Three

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 3.E: User Comments Regarding Standard Three and Its’ Strategies

 
Application Exercise 3.F: Recommended Next Steps for Moving Toward the Meeting of Standard Three Expectations

 
Closure Activities 3.G: Plus/Delta and Reflection

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Standard Three

 
 
Standard Four: Use a Mastery Learning Approach and Effective Teaching Strategies
Introduction Mini-Lecture and Discussion Starter Activities 4.A: Standard Four Introduction

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 4.B: Standard Four Overview

 
Reading and Journal Exercise Activity 4.C: Seven Strategies of Standard Four

 
Discussion Activity 4.D: Analysis of Standard Four

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 4.E: User Comments Regarding Standard Four and Its’ Strategies

 
Application Exercise 4.F: Recommended Next Steps for Moving Toward the Meeting of Standard Four Expectations

 
Closure Activities 4.G: Plus/Delta and Reflection

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Standard Four

 
 
Standard Five: Establish Curriculum Expectations, Monitoring, and Accountability
Introduction Mini-Lecture and Discussion Starter Activities 5.A: Standard Five Introduction

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 5.B: Standard Five Overview

 
Reading and Journal Exercise Activity 5.C: Five Strategies of Standard Five

 
Discussion Activity 5.D: Analysis of Standard Five

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 5.E: User Comments Regarding Standard Five and Its’ Strategies

 
Application Exercise 5.F: Recommended Next Steps for Moving Toward the Meeting of Standard Five Expectations

 
Closure Activities 5.G: Plus/Delta and Reflection

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Standard Five

 
 
Standard Six: Institute Effective District and School Planning, Staff Development, and Resource Allocation, and Provide a Quality Learning Environment
Introduction Mini-Lecture and Discussion Starter Activities 6.A: Standard Six Introduction

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 6.B: Standard Six Overview

 
Reading and Journal Exercise Activity 6.C: Eleven Strategies of Standard Six

 
Discussion Activity 6.D: Analysis of Standard Six

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity 6.E: User Comments Regarding Standard Six and Its’ Strategies

 
Application Exercise 6.F: Recommended Next Steps for Moving Toward the Meeting of Standard Six Expectations

 
Closure Activities 6.G: Plus/Delta and Reflection

 
Journal Exercise Handouts for Standard Six

 
 
Summary and Multi-Year Planning
Reading and Discussion Activity S.A: Summary

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity S.B: Themes

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity S.C: Planning

 
Video Segment and Discussion Activity S.D: Conclusion

 
 
Ways to Organize the Book Study
 
Seminar Series Evaluation Sample
 
References

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ISBN: 9781412977463