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Closing the Achievement Gap New Futuro College Fair October 6, 2012. Introductions. Grace Simmons Manager, Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America Taught at Bonner Elementary for 4 years in HISD Works with HISD schools Parent Deborah Osborne

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introductions
Introductions
  • Grace Simmons
    • Manager, Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America
    • Taught at Bonner Elementary for 4 years in HISD
    • Works with HISD schools
    • Parent
  • Deborah Osborne
    • Specialist, District and School Partnerships at Teach For America
    • Work with Teacher Certification and partners with HISD, SBISD, KIPP, YES, and other charter schools
  • Holly Boerner
    • Manager, Teacher Leadership Development at Teach for America
    • Taught at a Charter School in Indianapolis for 2 years
    • Works with many Neighborhood Centers and HISD schools
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The Facts:

DEBORAH! 61 dark blues, 39 light

Only 61% of students living in poverty graduate from High School in Harris County

Statistics provided by Children at Risk

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The Facts:

  • Just 8% of these kids will
  • graduate college by age 24…
the statistics
The Statistics
  • 7% of Latino students graduate from college
  • 11% of African American students graduate from college
  • 66% of students in Houston are Latino and African American.
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Joel Klein

Chancellor of the New York City

Department of Education

2002-2011

“We give the kids with the greatest challenges the crummiest education and then say poverty is unbeatable.”

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“We have an obligation to make a simplebut powerful commitment to our children:We must promise them that the opportunity to pursue their dreams will be constrained only by the limits of their imagination, and never by their zip code.”


Jason Kamras

Washington, D.C. Corps ’96

2005 National Teacher of the Year

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A recent study by the National Education Association found that Students with involved parents are significantly more likely to:

Parent Involvement

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs (such as Advanced Placement)
  • Pass their classes and earn credits
  • Have fewer absences
  • Have fewer discipline issues
  • Graduate and go to college
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Ways to be Involved

  • Work with your child to achieve success in school now:
    • Check in with your child’s teacher regularly to make sure your students are achieving success
    • Check in with your child to see how they are feeling about their time in school
    • Check to make sure your students are completing their homework and are studying for tests
    • Show your students every day that you want them to go to college and this is an option for him or her
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Ways to be Involved

  • Be an advocate for your child and his or her education:
    • Speak with your child and his or her teacher about the achievement gap & its effects
    • Get involved at your child’s school- PTO, volunteer in your child’s classroom, work with other parents
    • If something doesn’t seem right, don’t be afraid to reach out to others (principals, the district, etc). Remember, this is your child’s life!
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Resources to Learn More

  • http://parentrevolution.org/
  • http://nclr.org
  • www.ed.gov/parents
  • http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Parents-Education.shtml
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QuestionsWe believe that you, as a parent, have the best ideas of how to work together to close the achievement gap. We would love to hear your thoughts as well as questions!