Closing the Teaching Gap

This book features a clear how-to process for bridging the "teaching gap" between the kinds of teaching needed for the 21st century and that which is found in most schools.

Closing the Teaching Gap

Author: Donald B. Bartalo

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452217092

Page: 245

View: 509

This book features a clear how-to process for bridging the teaching gap between the kinds of teaching needed for the 21st century and that which is found in most schools.

Closing the Teacher Gap

"Report prepared by Roli Degazon-Johnson Phd., Education Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat."

Closing the Teacher Gap

Author: Roli Degazon-Johnson

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 9781849290180

Page: 32

View: 658

"Report prepared by Roli Degazon-Johnson Phd., Education Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat."


Working conditions seem to matter a great deal for teacher effectiveness--but which ones? This policy brief offers a powerful perspective on teaching effectiveness and teacher collaboration.


Author: Barnett Berry



Page: 10

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Over the last decade, policy and business leaders have come to know what parents have always known: teachers are the largest school-based factor in student achievement. Yet not all schools have equal access to the most effective teachers. High-needs schools that serve large proportions of economically disadvantaged and minority students are more likely to have difficulty recruiting and retaining teachers, particularly in high-demand subjects like math and special education. As a result, they are much more likely to fill those openings with out-of-field, inexperienced, and less well-prepared teachers. Simply put, the student achievement gap is largely explained by an effective teaching gap. The important question is how individuals seek to close that gap. Some pundits and policymakers suggest that effective teachers are born, not made--and that the academic ability and personal traits of new recruits are more important for teaching effectiveness than pedagogical training. However, recent studies have shown that teachers are significantly more effective if they are fully prepared when they enter teaching, are certified in the specific field they teach, have higher scores on their licensing tests, have graduated from a more competitive college, have at least two years teaching experience, and are National Board certified. In addition, a new body of research suggests that teaching experience and pedagogical preparation matters for student achievement when teachers have opportunities to learn from their peers in their schools over time. Working conditions seem to matter a great deal for teacher effectiveness--but which ones? This policy brief offers a powerful perspective on teaching effectiveness and teacher collaboration. Drawing on surveys and interviews of teachers in urban, high-needs schools as well as a broader research literature, the authors offer evidence to show that when teachers are given time and tools to collaborate with their peers, they are more likely to teach effectively and more likely to remain in the high-needs schools that need them most. (Contains 2 figures.).

The Teaching Gap

Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom
James W. Stigler, James Hiebert. stand how students ... not just students, learn.
Closing the Teaching Gap Perhaps the most interesting aspect of AFTERWORD

The Teaching Gap

Author: James W. Stigler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439143137

Page: 225

View: 730

A revised edition of a popular resource builds on the authors' findings that key problems in teaching methods are causing America to lag behind international academic standards, outlining a program for administrators, instructors, and parents that incorporates solutions based on current research. Reprint.

Closing the Learning Gap

Practical and useful ideas for individual teachers and schools.>

Closing the Learning Gap

Author: Mike Hughes

Publisher: Network Continuum Education

ISBN: 9781855390515

Page: 192

View: 748

This work is about eliminating the discrepancy between what we know constitutes effective learning and what we know goes on in classrooms. All of the strategies outlined have been used effectively and successfully in a wide range of secondary schools.

Closing the Reading Gap

With a focus on nurturing pupils’ will and skill to read for pleasure and purpose, this essential volume provides practical solutions to help all teachers create a rich reading culture that will enable every student to thrive in school ...

Closing the Reading Gap

Author: Alex Quigley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000046672

Page: 234

View: 109

Our pupils’ success will be defined by their ability to read fluently and skilfully. But despite universal acceptance of reading’s vital importance, the reading gap in our classroom remains, and it is linked to an array of factors, such as parental wealth, education and book ownership, as well as classroom practice. To close this gap, we need to ensure that every teacher has the knowledge and skill to teach reading with confidence. In Closing the Reading Gap, Alex Quigley explores the intriguing history and science of reading, synthesising the debates and presenting a wealth of usable evidence about how children develop most efficiently as successful readers. Offering practical strategies for teachers at every phase of their teaching career, as well as tackling issues such as dyslexia and the role of technology, the book helps teachers to be an expert in how pupils ‘learn to read’ as well as how they ‘read to learn’ and explores how reading is vital for unlocking a challenging academic curriculum for every student. With a focus on nurturing pupils’ will and skill to read for pleasure and purpose, this essential volume provides practical solutions to help all teachers create a rich reading culture that will enable every student to thrive in school and far beyond the school gates.

Closing the Gap

This book will inform teacher education programs and future research, providing positive examples and recommendations for educational technology leaders and educators on moving toward digital equity in K12 and teacher education.

Closing the Gap

Author: Nicol R. Howard


ISBN: 9781564847133

Page: 152

View: 223

Closing the Gap is an ISTE book series designed to reflect the contributions of multiple stakeholders seeking to ensure that digital equity is achieved on campuses, in classrooms, and throughout education. In this series, authors Nicol R. Howard, Sarah Thomas, and Regina Schaffer offer historical and philosophical insights while exploring challenges and solutions unique to teacher preparation programs, pre-service and in-service teachers, and instructional coaches. The first book in the series, Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs, includes: a discussion of historical placement of "digital equity" content in teacher education programs; research- and evidence-based vignettes from teacher educators, higher education deans, and department coordinators demonstrating best practices; examples of ISTE Standards in action; practical tips for preparing future teachers to navigate the process; positive applications of digital equity; and a hypothesis for the future direction of digital equity in teacher education. This book will inform teacher education programs and future research, providing positive examples and recommendations for educational technology leaders and educators on moving toward digital equity in K12 and teacher education.

Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools

Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classrooms Tyrone C. Howard ... Flat
World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our
Future LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND Teaching What Really Happened: How to ...

Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools

Author: Tyrone C. Howard

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807772194

Page: 209

View: 853

While race and culture remain important variables in how young people experience schools, they are often misunderstood by educators and school personnel. Building on three studies that investigated schools successful in closing the achievement gap, Tyrone Howard shows how adopting greater awareness and comprehensive understanding of race and culture can improve educational outcomes. Important reading for anyone who is genuinely committed to promoting educational equity and excellence for all children, this accessible book: Outlines the changing racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics in U.S. schools. Calls for educators to pay serious attention to how race and culture play out in school settings.Presents empirical data from schools that have improved achievement outcomes for racially and culturally diverse students.Focuses on ways in which educators can partner with parents and communities. “This book will be challenging for some readers and affirming for others. It is at times disheartening and at other times inspiring; sometimes anguishing but always enlightening.” —From the Foreword by Geneva Gay, University of Washington–Seattle, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching, Second Edition “Tyrone Howard provides a multi-dimensional and textured look at why students of color continue to struggle in the nation's schools. However, he does not stop there. This book points toward the solutions we have been seeking--partnerships, principles, and persistence.” —Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Educator s Handbook for Understanding and Closing Achievement Gaps

Teachers College Record, 100 (2), 391–419. Shannon, S. G., & Bylsma, P. (2002,
November). Addressing the achievement gap: A challenge for Washington state
educators.Olympia,WA: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public ...

The Educator s Handbook for Understanding and Closing Achievement Gaps

Author: Joseph Murphy

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412964555

Page: 293

View: 273

Synthesizes the most current research to help school leaders understand the achievement gap and provides strategies to address the external society factors and internal school factors that contribute to this issue.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Closing the Achievement Gap features: the four keys for school success for older English learners clear distinctions among the types of older English learners in our schools with examples of students from each category a thorough discussion ...

Closing the Achievement Gap

Author: Yvonne S. Freeman

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books


Page: 162

View: 291

Struggling older English learners pose a real challenge for educators. Some of these students are new arrivals with limited or interrupted schooling. Others have been in and out of ESL and bilingual programs in this country since kindergarten, but have never succeeded academically. How can teachers help older students who lack academic content knowledge and English language proficiency catch up with their classmates? Yvonne and David Freeman provide four research-based keys for closing the achievement gap. three teachers have put this theory into practice to reach their older English learners. These teachers organize curriculum around themes, use predictable classroom routines, and scaffold instruction in a variety of ways. The clear examples from their classes will help other teachers implement effective practices for their older English learners. Closing the Achievement Gap features: the four keys for school success for older English learners clear distinctions among the types of older English learners in our schools with examples of students from each category a thorough discussion of the kinds of language proficiency older English learners need a review of the latest research on effective practices for older English learners detailed descriptions from the classrooms of three teachers, including thematic units they have developed, their daily routines, and the strategies they use to scaffold instruction professional extension activities to help readers apply the information in this book to their own educational settings. For teachers and teacher educators, program directors, resource personnel, and administrators, this book offers both the research and practice schools need to develop effective programs to educate struggling older English learners.

Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap

Gay, G. (2000). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research, and practice.
New York: Teachers College Press. Gay, G. (2002). Preparing for culturally
responsive teaching.Journal of Teacher Education, 53(2), 106–116. Gilder, G. (

Closing the Poverty and Culture Gap

Author: Donna Walker Tileston

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1452236127

Page: 120

View: 948

Use instructional practices that lead students of poverty and diverse cultures to success! Donna Walker Tileston and Sandra K. Darling provide instructional strategies to help teachers improve learning in students of diverse cultures and poverty. This research-based book presents a six-part framework that builds on students’ assets and strengths. The authors discuss: Why some cultures are “turned off” by typical motivational approaches and what educators can do to reach students What research says about the brain’s desire to learn How teachers can build on students’ prior knowledge The importance of resiliency Teaching procedural and declarative knowledge and preparing students for tests

Closing the Achievement Gap

Yet student outcomes are contingent upon the quality of teaching in the
classroom. In large urban school districts, large numbers of teachers have no
preservice training. How will the system hold these teachers accountable for
providing good ...

Closing the Achievement Gap

Author: Belinda Williams

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 0871202735

Page: 167

View: 985

Chapters in this book, based on the efforts of the Urban Education National Network Task Force, define the nature of obstacles to the academic performance of urban students and identify, validate, and disseminate a knowledge base of theory and practice to inform decision making about urban schools. The chapters are: (1) "The Nature of the Achievement Gap: The Call for a Vision To Guide Change" (Belinda Williams); (2) "Bridging the Achievement Gap in Urban Schools: Reducing Educational Segregation and Advancing Resilience-Promoting Strategies" (Margaret C. Wang and John A. Kovach); (3) "Cultural Values in Learning and Education" (Patricia Marks Greenfield, Catherine Raeff, and Blanca Quiroz); (4) "Educating Teachers To Close the Achievement Gap: Issues of Pedagogy, Knowledge, and Teacher Preparation" (Kenneth M. Zeichner); (5) "Closing the Achievement Gap: Opportunity To Learn, Standards, and Assessment" (Floraline Ingram Stevens); (6) "Fostering Resiliency in Urban Schools" (Bonnie Benard); (7) "Teacher Engagement and Real Reform in Urban Schools" (Karen Seashore Louis and BetsAnn Smith); and (8) "A Social Vision for Urban Education: Focused, Comprehensive, and Integrated Change" (Belinda Williams). An appendix lists the Regional Educational Laboratories. Most chapters contain references. (Contains one figure.) (SLD)

Teaching As Leadership

This is the approach taken by teachers who lead diverse students to great academic achievements." —Beverly Hall, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools and 2009 National Superintendent of the Year

Teaching As Leadership

Author: Teach For America

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470593059

Page: 352

View: 971

A road map for teachers who strive to be highly effective leaders in our nation's classrooms Teach For America has fought the daunting battle of educational equity for the last twenty years. Based on evidence from classrooms across the country, they've discovered much about effective teaching practice, and distilled these findings into the six principles presented in this book. The Teaching As Leadership framework inspires teachers to: Set Big Goals; Invest Students and Their Families; Plan Purposefully; Execute Effectively; Continuously Increase Effectiveness; Work Relentlessly. The results are better educational outcomes for our nation's children, particularly those who live in low-income communities. Inspires educators to be leaders in their classrooms and schools Demystifies what it means to be an effective teacher, describes key elements of practice and provides a clear vision of success Addresses the challenges every teacher, in every classroom, faces on a daily basis An accompanying website includes a wealth of tools, videos, sample lessons, discussion boards, and case studies.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Reaching and Teaching High Poverty Learners: 101 Top Strategies to Help High
Poverty Learners Succeed Tiffany Chane'l Anderson. with the rest of the goals so
you continue to focus on where you are taking your students. 72.

Closing the Achievement Gap

Author: Tiffany Chane'l Anderson

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595334784

Page: 64

View: 234

Offers strategies for educators who want to increase performance standards of African American students in high poverty environments, including increasing parental involvement, setting high expectations, and teaching listening skills.

Closing the Gap Between Research and Practice

There have been few studies in Australia which have been designed specifically
to look at the effectiveness of a phonics- based versus a whole language
approach to the teaching of early reading. Some relatively small school-based
studies ...

Closing the Gap Between Research and Practice

Author: Marion De Lemos

Publisher: Aust Council for Ed Research

ISBN: 0864315848

Page: 44

View: 565

For some decades, world-wide, there have been national initiatives toimprove literacy rates and standards. During the same period, concentrated research studies have been undertaken to find out howbest to achieve the desired improvements. Two main thrusts inteaching and learning how to read and write have emerged, often incontroversy. One is generally known as the 'whole language'approach and the other concentrates more on instruction in phonics. What works? This paper focuses on the theoretical assumptionsunderlying these two approaches to the teaching of literacy, and thestudies which have bee.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

As Linda Darling-Hammond has argued, ensuring good schools and teachers for
all students will require nothing short of a Marshall Plan for teaching.79 Many
reformers lament that when it comes to international measures of student ...

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Author: Prudence L. Carter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199983003

Page: 272

View: 348

While the achievement gap has dominated policy discussions over the past two decades, relatively little attention has been paid to a gap even more at odds with American ideals: the opportunity gap. Opportunity and achievement, while inextricably connected, are very different goals. Every American will not go to college, but every American should be given a fair chance to be prepared for college. In communities across the U.S., children lack the crucial resources and opportunities, inside and outside of schools that they need if they are to reach their potential. Closing the Opportunity Gap offers accessible, research-based essays written by top experts who highlight the discrepancies that exist in our public schools, focusing on how policy decisions and life circumstances conspire to create the "opportunity gap" that leads inexorably to stark achievement gaps. They also describe sensible policies grounded in evidence that can restore and enhance opportunities. Moving beyond conventional academic discourse, Closing the Opportunity Gap will spark vital new conversations about what schools, parents, educators, and policymakers can and should do to give all children a fair chance to thrive.

Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective

Her research expertise is in teacher policy, teacher learning, and comparative
and international education. Dr. Akiba's publications include “Improving Teacher
Quality: The U.S. Teaching Force in Global Context” (Teachers College Press, ...

Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective

Author: Julia V. Clark

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400743572

Page: 324

View: 661

In a changing world that demands new skills, a vital concern of public education is the gap in academic performance between low- and high-achieving students. There is no excuse for the achievement gaps that persist among poor and minority students in schools today. All students can succeed at high levels, regardless of race, ethnicity and economic background. Several countries have successfully confronted inequities in achievement, demonstrating that any school can close achievement gaps regardless of the community they serve, and that all students can achieve at high levels when they are provided with the right opportunities. This book is about understanding what factors selected countries have applied to promote progress and what factors contribute to progress in the closing of achievement gaps. It is about creating opportunities for all students. Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective: Transforming STEM for Effective Education is written in response to rising concern for the improvement of quality education – especially in mathematics and science – provided to all students. The contributors take a systematic view of the subject, beginning with a cross-national analysis of teacher qualifications and the achievement gap that spans 50 countries. The content of the book is organized in sections describing education around the globe: North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Individual chapters offer close-up analysis of efforts to close achievement gaps in the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, England, Turkey, China, South Africa and Australia among many others. The contributors provide information on the achievement gap in mathematics and science, review current research, and present strategies for fostering improvement and raising performance with a focus on school-related variables that adversely affect educational outcomes among poor and minority students. The authors of the various chapters looked at how students’ data correlated with classroom practices, teacher instruction and academic programming, as part of their efforts to measure student growth. Qualitative and quantitative data are provided to provide evidence not only of the problem, but also for the solution. The book concludes with a chapter on promoting equality and equity to shrink the achievement gap worldwide.

Closing the RTI Gap

Gap. at. Tier. 1. A basic goal of any RTI program is prevention and early support
for learning problems revealed in universal screenings. Schools prevent learning
problems by making sure that all children are taught by highly qualified teachers

Closing the RTI Gap

Author: Donna Walker-Tileston

Publisher: Solution Tree Press

ISBN: 1935543482

Page: 160

View: 956

All children should have equal access to highly qualified teachers, a strong curriculum, and research-based instructional methods. Understand why RTI is so important and how to achieve successful implementation in your school. Get a clear understanding of poverty and culture, and learn how RTI can close achievement gaps related to these issues. Examine the critical planning phase of RTI, and preview common pitfalls of implementation.