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1 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP Bill Woodson Forward Motion Management Consulting Overcoming Racism Conference November 14, 2014 Metropolitan State University What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap

2 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap The Achievement Gap – What is it? A painful term for a persistent problem Often attributed to economic disparities (but – causality?) Evident between white and African-American, even when controlling for income

3 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap The Achievement Gap in Minnesota By most measures, one of the nation’s worst Image Courtesy of RKMC Foundation for Children

4 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap The Achievement Gap in Minnesota Image & Data Courtesy of Generation Next

5 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap HS Graduation Rate in Minnesota Image & Data Courtesy MN Dept of Ed

6 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap The Achievement Gap in Minnesota AVGMNHI

7 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Putting a finger on root cause The myth of upward mobility “The American penal system has emerged as a system of social control unparalleled in world history… “What is completely missed in the rare public debates about the plight of African Americans is that a huge percentage of them are not free to move up at all. It is not just that they (Blacks) lack opportunity, attend poor schools, or are plagued by poverty. They are barred by law from doing so. And the major institutions with which they come into contact are designed to prevent their mobility.”

8 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Putting a finger on root cause Are Black Students Unruly? Or is America Just Racist? A few years ago, a Georgia elementary school made national news after a student—kindergartner Salecia Johnson—was arrested for throwing a temper tantrum in class. According to their report, when the officer arrived, he observed kindergartner Salecia Johnson on the floor of the principal’s office screaming and crying. The officer stated in the report that he noticed damage to school property and tried numerous times to calm the girl, who eventually “pulled away and began actively resisting and fighting with me.” “The child was then placed in handcuffs for her safety and the officer proceeded to bring her down to the police station,” said Chief Dray Swicord. The six-year-old was charged as a juvenile with simple battery and criminal damage to property, though this was dropped on account of her age. For as much as this was outrageous, it also wasn’t that unique. According to data released today by the Department of Education, black students are expelled at three times the rate of white students. This extends all the way down to the youngest kids; “While black children make up 18 percent of preschool enrollment, close to half of all preschool children who are suspended more than once are African-American.” The Daily Beast; March 21, 2014

9 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Putting a finger on root cause Are Black Students Unruly? Or is America Just Racist? 538: Is This Working? Oct 17, 2014 Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There's no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there's evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids. Photo: a student at Lyons Community School in New York does an exercise before a student "circle." More photos here.here

10 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap The Achievement Gap – What is it?

11 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Putting a finger on root cause “Stereotype threat is a standard predicament of life. It springs from… the fact that as members of society we have a pretty good idea of what other(s) thing about (us)… Our idea was unusual… suggesting, as it did, that stereotypes of groups could cause enough disruption to interfere with … performance… on a standardized test... It was also unusual because it suggested this could happen without bad intentions, without the agency of prejudiced people, for example.”

12 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap What’s the WIFFM for Society? Closing The Racial Achievement Gap Could Expand America's Economy By Trillions “The gap in educational achievement between white students and students of color could be costing the nation trillions of dollars, according to a new report. An analysis released this week by the Center for American ProgressAn analysis released this week by the Center for American Progress posits that closing the racial educational achievement gap will be especially important in the coming decades as the nation's population of color continues to grow. The study looks at American students’ scores on the Program for International Student Assessment -- an international exam taken by students in 65 countries and economies -- and suggests that raising the scores of black and Hispanic children would positively impact the U.S. economy.an international exam taken by students in 65 countries and economies In 2012, the study notes, white students averaged a score of 506 on the PISA math exam, while black students received an average of 421. Hispanic students averaged a 455 score on the exam. (The study does not look at the scores of students belonging to other ethnic minority groups, or of mixed-race students.) Study authors Robert Lynch and Patrick Oakford found that if this gap between white students and students of color were closed, the U.S. would see $2.3 trillion in economic growth by 2050… Huffington Post; November 12, 2014

13 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap How did we get here? Institutional racism Culturally biased standardized tests Economic disparities Stereotype threat (Absence of) role models

14 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Break into three groups Here are your topics: 1.Should public funding be increased/redirected to focus on the achievement gap? 2.How should teacher training be modified to close the gap? 3.How should parents and the community be engaged to close the gap?

15 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Topics: 1.Should public funding be increased/redirected to focus on the achievement gap? 2.How should teacher training be modified to close the gap? 3.How should parents and the community be engaged to close the gap? Report Outs!

16 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Why focus on experiential learning? Image Courtesy of Wilder Research

17 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Why focus on experiential learning? Post-Secondary transition is under-targeted Leverage existing investments Engage the learner to empower their own success

18 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Why focus on experiential learning? Image Courtesy of Wilder Research

19 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Where do we go from here? ●Leverage investments already being made ●Span private, public and non-profit ●Work towards consensus best practices ●Identify barriers to access and mitigation strategies ●Develop cross-entity metrics

20 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap “Gap Stakeholders”

21 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Annual Best Practices Summit Goals: ●Establish a forum for sharing best practices ●Provide a forum for understanding common issues ●Align cross-entity resources ●Opportunity for coordinating efforts ●Connect experential learning providers to key stakeholders (ie. college admissions counselors)

22 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap

23 Experiential Learning Goals: ●Connect classroom skills with real world application ●Build communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills ●Expand their exposure to mentors, alternative career paths, and resume-worthy experiences

24 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Business Case Competition Benefits: ●Critical thinking skills ●Business terminology, eg. SWOT, balance sheet, etc. ●Presentation skills ●Collaboration ●Project management ●Exposure and success in business as a discipline (and career) ●Expose business leaders to the potential of minority talent

25 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Experiential Learning Regional and national conferences NBMBAA - Twin Cities chapter Leaders of Tomorrow, at the 2014 annual conference, Atlanta, GA

26 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Experiential Learning Robotics competitions Sycamore High School Black Student Union – BEST Robotics Competition, Cincinnati, OH & Houston, TX 2005

27 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Digital Tool Goals: ●Tap digital social entrepreneurship opportunities, putting information into the hands of users ●Provide meaningful, real-time metrics on programs and participants

28 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Metrics (participating students & programs) For students, track: ●High school graduation rates ●Post-secondary outcomes ●College graduation rate For programs, track: ●Participation levels ●Outcomes ●Efficacy in providing resources

29 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Experiential Learning Resources ult/files/downloads/efforts_first-gen.pdf

30 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Return to your groups Here are your topics: 1.What arguments would you make in support of experiential learning? 2.How should experiential learning programs be staffed and resourced? 3.Could experiential learning programs be (an important part of) the answer? Why or why not?

31 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Topics: 1.What arguments would you make in support of experiential learning? 2.How should experiential learning programs be staffed and resourced? 3.Are experiential learning programs (an important part of) the answer? Why or why not? Report Outs!

32 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Additional Resources Reinventing Diversity, by Howard Ross The Medici Effect, by Frans Johansson The Smartest Kids in the World, by Amanda Ripley

33 The Achievement Gap What and why; and fresh thinking on how to bridge the gap Questions and closing comments… …and Thank you! Bill Woodson Forward Motion Management Consulting


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