The Kids Left Behind
Catching Up the Underachieving Children of Poverty
Examine critical studies on high-performing, high-poverty schools to identify how schools can fulfill the mission of educating all students to proficiency, especially students at risk. The authors compiled the most important research on how low-performing, high-poverty schools achieved radical improvements in learning for their most vulnerable students and also identified eight best practices, breaking them down into specific strategies, often using real-life examples from successful schools.
- Review essential leadership characteristics that improve student achievement.
- Gain strategies for engaging parents, the community, and schools to work together.
- Learn how to maintain high expectations for the underachieving children of poverty.
- Find methods for creating a culture of assessment and data literacy.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: A New American Revolution
Chapter 2: How Schools Have Failed the Children of Poverty
Chapter 3: Research on High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools
Chapter 4: Ensure Effective District and School Leadership
Chapter 5: Engage Parents, Communities, and Schools to Work as Partners
Chapter 6: Understand and Hold High Expectations for Poor and Culturally Diverse Students
Chapter 7: Target Low-Performing Students and Schools, Starting With Reading
Chapter 8: Align, Monitor, and Manage the Curriculum
Chapter 9: Create a Culture of Data and Assessment Literacy
Chapter 10: Build and Sustain Instructional Capacity
Chapter 11: Reorganize Time, Space, and Transitions
Chapter 12: Educating the Kids Left Behind: A Matter of Personal Conscience
Appendix A: The PLC Continuum
Appendix B: NSDC Standards for Staff Development
- Next Steps III
- Understand and Hold High Expectations for Poor and Culturally Diverse Students Self-Evaluation Rubric