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Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap Workshop

Little Rock, Arkansas | September 12–13, 2022
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This workshop will address the connection between educator mindset and student achievement gaps. The achievement gap topic has been explored through many lenses, including political, economic, and pedagogical. Despite these sincere efforts, student achievement gaps in American schools are as large as they have ever been. Dr. Muhammad’s theory is that none of these well-intentioned policies or strategies will have a fighting chance in an environment where the educators possess a Superiority or Victim mindset. A Liberation mindset is the key to unlock the potential of our staff and students.

The workshop experience will include examining current constructs and the mistakes of the past. Once we have confronted the mistakes of the past, we will start to examine our current reality and make concrete plans to create a Liberation mindset at our school. We recommend that the school send a diverse group of representatives, which could include teacher leaders, counselors, school administrators, and a district office representative.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the facts about the American achievement gap and the factors and conditions that create it.
  • Recognize the power of educator mindset to affect professional practice and student performance.
  • Experience how to assess the current mindset of your school or district.
  • Create and learn how to apply a comprehensive school plan to transform your school into a Liberation mindset.

Learn from leading experts

Hear from our attendees

Agenda and speakers are subject to change.

Monday, September 12th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30–3:30 p.m. Presentation

Tuesday, September 13th

7:00–8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00–11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30–3:30 p.m. Presentation

Events reach capacity quickly. Please confirm your registration before making travel plans.

Parking information: $10 per night

In order to receive the discounted hotel room rate, please mention Solution Tree. After the deadline listed below, rates will be determined by the hotel.

There is a Complimentary shuttle to the Solution Tree Training Center through the DoubleTree Hotel. Guests must let the front desk know ahead of time that they would like shuttle service to our facilities.

If driving in, please park in the designated deck each day. Solution Tree will validate all parking stubs, so be sure to bring your parking stub with you to the workshop.

Primary Hotel

Embassy Suites Little Rock

11301 Financial Centre Pkwy
Little Rock, AR 72211

Discounted Rate: (single or double) $139 per night
Deadline: August 21, 2022, or until group rate is sold out


Embassy Suites Little Rock
Rock Island Meeting Room

11301 Financial Centre Pkwy

Little Rock, Arkansas

Participation Information

What to Bring

To help you achieve maximum benefit of the two days together, please bring the following with you to the workshop:

  • 3 years of dis-aggregated state achievement test data
  • 3 years of dis-aggregated student discipline data and attendance
  • A copy of the master schedule and/or course offerings
  • A copy of the staff and student handbook

These can be either hard copies or electronic copies. The equity work that we will explore will be very difficult if you do not bring or have access to this information while at the workshop.

You will receive a certificate of participation 6 weeks after the event concludes. Please check with your state department of education for CEU availability.

There will be a limited number of copies of Revisiting Professional Learning Communities at Work®, Second Edition, Beyond Conversations About Race, The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach, Time for Change, and Transforming School Culture, Second Edition available for purchase.

Additional Information

Product code: WSG022

Five Reasons to Attend a Solution Tree Event (PDF)
A Letter to Your Boss (DOC)

As a reference for workshop attendees, Dr. Muhammad has provided Getting it Done, a 2008 conference report from Harvard University, to provide a theoretical foundation on effective systems/structures for addressing Achievement Gap issues.

Included with your registration

Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap

Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap

Explore strategies for adopting a new mindset that frees educators and students from negative academic performance expectations.