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January 27, 2014

Author: Poverty Matters, But Isn't Why U.S. Lags in Achievement

Amanda Ripley, author of The Smartest Kids in the World, pushes back on the theory that U.S. students' weak performance on international-comparison tests can be attributed largely to high poverty rates.

December 11, 2013

Noguera: Educators Must be 'Guardians of Equity'

At a conference keynote, education advocate Pedro Noguera said that inequity is deeply ingrained in the U.S. education system because, in American society, the pursuit of excellence is often seen as being "at odds with equity."

January 16, 2013

Research Review: Teacher Expectations Matter

A research review by the Education Commission of the States finds that teachers' expectations—often based on factors including race, ethnicity, and family income levels—can significantly affect students' academic performance.

October 01, 2012

Is Jonathan Kozol Too Gloomy?

Jonathan Kozol, at age 76, has new book out entitled Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America. In it, he looks yet again—reportedly in career-summation mode—at the devastating consequences of America's failure to provide equitable educational opportunities in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

May 31, 2012

Teachers Who Make House Calls

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews reports that a relatively under-the-radar Teacher Home Visit Program in Missouri is having a noticeable impact on student performance: A study by the St. Louis public school system last year of 616 home visits found that the third- to sixth-grade stu...

May 03, 2012

Recognizing Differences Between Black and Hispanic Students

Richard Whitmire, author of Why Boys Fail and one of our former opinion bloggers, writes in a USA Today column that "we need to stop lumping blacks and Hispanics together" when talking about ways to improve educational outcomes for minority students. By many measures, urban school districts are ma...

April 30, 2012

Gap-Narrowing Calif. District Gives Teachers Freedom to Experiment

According to the Los Angeles Times, Corona-Norco Unified School District, the 10th largest school system in California, has managed to avoid "the pitfalls common to similar districts with diverse student populations and budget constraints."

April 11, 2012

Delpit vs. Charter Schools (or Maybe Not)

Monday night, I had the chance to see Lisa Delpit, author of our upcoming Teacher Book Club selection, "Multiplication Is for White People:" Raising Expectations for Other People's Children, speak at a restaurant/performance space in Washington. The event, hosted by the nonprofit Teaching for Change...

March 24, 2012

ASCD 2012: Addressing Opportunity Gaps

Live from the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia It was pretty darn sunny in Philadelphia yesterday—record-breaking temperatures even for this time of year. It's cloudier now but I'll be inside for much of the next two days, along with 8,000 or so educators attending the annual ASCD confer...

January 04, 2012

A Payne-ful Discussion

On his blog Borderland, teacher Doug Noon laments the reading assignment he was given over the winter break—Ruby Payne's Framework for Understanding Poverty. He writes: This is to prepare us for the indoctrination session [part of his school's improvement plan] to follow upon our return from o...

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