Question: How can the achievement gap be closed between high poverty schools and schools with more affluent students and families?
Answer: This experimental program featured a multi-faceted professional development program; teacher creativity and individuality were honored; gradual change; systematic, coherent, integrated curriculum; 90-minute blocks of time for literacy topics; parental involvement.
Comment: I was particularly impressed by the focus on the creativity and individuality of the teachers in the program, the emphasis on professional development programs and family involvement. Looks promising. RayS.
Title: “Improving Literacy Achievement in a High-Poverty School: Empowering Classroom Teachers Through Professional Development.” E Kennedy. IRA Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2010. Reading Research Quarterly (October/ November/ December 2010), 384-387.