What will it take to close the academic achievement gap?
|Closing the achievement gap starts with adults acknowledging and improving their own academic basic skills as they encourage and support children to do the same.
||Lanette R. Edwards
|To close the achievement gap we need to look in the mirror, reflect on our system and ask ourselves what we need to change and then “make the change.”
Consultant, Dept. of Education
Halifax, Nova Scotia
|Schools need to provide black and brown children with a high qualtity, rigorous and engaging curriculum.
Executive Dir., for Curriculum & Instruction
Chapel Hill, N.C.
|First, we must clearly define the various gaps: academic and access gaps. Then we must implement policies, practices and procedures to address the various gaps, including addressing issues of race, expectations, belief systems and curriculum development.
||Carroll W. Blake
Executive Director/Boston Public Schools
|The development of strategic relationships between family and school. Parents will need to trust that the school wants the very best for the child, while schools must move to a paradigm in which parents are seen as agents for academic change.
|I believe we have to attack from both ends: from birth to high school while working collaboratively with all the stakeholders, particularly the parents, the community, school budget officials and curriculum experts.