Attendees at the conference, Mr. Mike Krutz, MHS Principal, Mrs. Marnita Taylor, Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum, Mrs. Jennifer Griffin, Miller Elementary Principal and Dr. Jim Thorne, Executive Director of Technology Services.
Closing the Achievement Gap uses cutting-edge frameworks to help participants consider how instructional quality, student engagement, youth development practices, parenting, and school leadership all contribute to student achievement. The program gives special focus to the challenges of responding effectively to racial, ethnic, and socio-economic differences. Using a socio-ecological approach, participants will consider the interdependence of various stakeholders and will learn how their school community can work together to pursue shared improvement goals.
This program uses research findings from the Tripod Project for school improvement, which surveys students and teachers around the nation to understand how they experience teaching and learning. Findings are often surprising and have important implications for school leadership.
Sessions attended included:
Race and Social Hierarchy
Family and Community Engagement
High Expectations Teaching
Ethnic-Racial Identity Development and Student Learners
Becoming Strategic Instigators
Information learned was shared with district-wide administrators at last week's administrative retreat.