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“No child left behind” means that every student, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, has the right to an education that encourages and allows him or her to achieve at high levels. Sadly, disturbing discrepancies exist between the academic achievement of white students and students of color, and between students of varying economic status. The reasons for the achievement gaps found within schools and districts include problems like misunderstanding race, lowered expectations, and a curriculum that does not speak to minority experiences. Current federal laws mandate that gaps must be closed, but many schools and districts are unsure of what to do and even doubt that eliminating gaps is possible.

Courageous Conversations About Race PD 360 Video Program

Through the use of Courageous Conversations About Race, your staff will begin to close your school or district’s achievement gaps by engaging in honest and safe dialogue about the impact of race and racism on student achievement. Expert Glenn Singleton will help you and your teachers reach a deeper understanding of the racial experience, and by applying the strategies shown through real classroom examples, teachers will learn to create an environment of equity where every student can achieve, regardless of race. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the 9-part PD 360 video program, “Courageous Conversations About Race

No Excuses! How to Increase Minority Student Achievement 

If you have ever doubted if achievement gaps could be closed, you need to see how 10 schools from across the country are rapidly closing or have completely closed their gaps by institutionalizing equity – meaning every student receives the individualized support they need to reach a common standard. To help you follow the lead of these exemplary schools, the School Improvement Network developed the Equity Framework, a research-based model that ties together the similarities found in these 10 schools. The Equity Framework allows you to comprehensively address student achievement by focusing on leadership, school culture, and teaching and learning. Features educational experts Jamie Almanzan, James Comer, Bonnie Davis, Kati Haycock, Gary Howard, Sonia Nieto, Beverly Daniel Tatum and more. Available in elementary and secondary editions. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the 17-part PD 360 video program, “How to Increase Minority Student Achievement

Using Data To Close the Achievement Gap 

Understanding data is essential to reveal the patterns of student achievement and failure, and to check progress in student growth. Help your teachers and leaders learn to see data as a powerful ally in reforming school culture to close achievement gaps. Expert Ruth Johnson shows you how to use data to stimulate change and promote equity for every student, and provides practical strategies for using and analyzing data. Explore how to build strong data leadership teams and learn how to use a variety of tools to extend the reach of data. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the 9-part PD 360 video program, “Using Data to Close the Achievement Gap

All Means All – “What Is It About Me You Can’t Teach?” 

If you work in urban schools, you need this program. Designed specifically to help teachers face the challenges of urban classrooms, this award-winning resource by Eleanor Renee Rodriguez shows teachers how to reach every student by implementing the 5 Essential Elements for Student Success. All Means All helps your teachers develop and solidify the attitude that no child will be left behind and gives them practical and proven strategies. Each strategy discussed in the program is demonstrated by real teachers in urban classrooms. Available in elementary and secondary editions. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the PD 360 video program, “All Means All

Working with Students from the Culture of Poverty

If you want to close the socioeconomic achievement gap in your school or district, the first step is helping every teacher and administrator understand the world of poverty from which some children come. You must then provide them with the tools to help every student succeed. This award-winning program featuring Mary Montle Bacon outlines the three key principals of acceptance, accommodation, and affirmation, and demonstrates these principals through many real classroom examples of teachers succeeding with low-income students. Sign up for a free trial to view the complete program.

View a segment from the PD 360 video program, “Working with Students from the Culture of Poverty

PD 360 Professional Development On Demand

PD 360, the leading on-demand professional learning resource, is an online library of research-based professional development programs. The programs are broken into hundreds of searchable segments that empower teachers to access instant answers and individualized support. PD 360 includes 9 programs on succeeding with diverse learners. PD 360 allows teachers and leaders to move through learning at their own pace, and digitized facilitator guides make it simple for professional learning communities to prepare dozens of research-based training sessions. Integrated tracking, follow-up, and reflection tools help you bridge the gap between training and implementation. Sign up for a free trial.

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