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Solving The Achievement Gap Equation. Kay Lovelace Taylor Principal Associate KLT & Associates Learning Objectives. Solve the Achievement Gap Equation by viewing school as a human social system.

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solving the achievement gap equation

Solving The Achievement Gap Equation

Kay Lovelace Taylor

Principal Associate

KLT & Associates

learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Solve the Achievement Gap Equation by viewing school as a human social system.
  • Redefine leadership to encompass four dimensions of school climate/environment.
  • Find models of excellence within.
  • Employ research matched with “positive deviants” within to reduce the achievement gap.
  • Implement action plans immediately.
understanding the achievement gap
Understanding the Achievement Gap
  • Confronting perceptions and finding truths.
  • Fact finding about the students, all the students in your district.
  • Using Tagiuri’s four dimensions of organizational climate.
    • School Physical and Material Factors
    • Human social system factors
    • Organizational Structure
    • Cultural Factors
a strategic response to known factors
A Strategic Response to Known Factors
  • Perceptions:
    • Based on our life experiences and information provided from multiple sources.
      • Professional and personal
      • Media
      • Myths held over time until they are accepted as true
  • Facts:
    • Based on qualitative and quantitative research proven to be true over time
an ethical dilemma
An Ethical Dilemma
  • The ethic of justice considers the law, what is right and what is wrong.
  • The ethic of critique considers looking at society at large to determine if a person is placed at a disadvantage based on his race, culture, language, position or other distinctive qualities.
  • The ethic of care suggests carefully considering who will benefit or be hurt by our actions.
  • The ethic of profession uncovers the various educational institutions’ and the codes of ethics by which they govern themselves.

Shapiro, J. P. & Stefkovich, J.A. (1997).

The Ethics of Justice, Critique and Care

the achievement gap equation
The Achievement Gap Equation

AAC (AA Children) + P (Parents) + E (Educators) + S (School)

C/E (Community/Environment)


AG (Achievement Gap)

renato tagiuri s four dimensions of organizational climate
Renato Tagiuri’s Four Dimensions of Organizational Climate
  • School Physical and Material Factors
  • Human Social System Factors
  • Organizational Structure
  • Cultural Factors
school physical and material factors
School Physical and Material Factors
  • School size
  • Class size
  • Materials and Supplies
  • Technology
human social system factors
Human Social System factors
  • Race, ethnicity, and gender issues
  • Poverty
  • Language
  • Skills
  • Job satisfaction
  • Teacher quality
    • % Master’s Degree
    • Average Years of Teaching
organizational structure
Organizational Structure
  • Mission, goals and objectives
  • Curriculum decision making processes
  • Formal structure – patterns of hierarchy/collegiality
cultural factors
Cultural Factors
  • Assumptions
  • Values
  • Beliefs
  • Norms
  • History
  • Myths
  • Heroes/Heroines

Tagiuri’s four dimensions encompassing students, parents and educators school conditions responses identified as inhibiting to student achievement

positive deviance surfing the edge of chaos pascale millemann gioja
“Positive Deviance”Surfing the Edge of Chaos, Pascale, Millemann, & Gioja
  • Focusing on what would close the achievement gap.
  • Believing that the answer to closing the achievement gap can be found within.
  • Providing opportunities to discover new information.
  • Sharing new behaviors that impact the achievement gap.
finding excellence within
Finding Excellence Within
  • Discover research to support desired outcomes.
  • Look for existing models of excellence.
  • Provide extensive professional development.
  • Year one, monitor results along the way.
  • Provide enhanced professional development based on outcomes of monitoring.
  • Implement refined model of excellence depending on unique needs of individual site.
  • Year two, monitor implementation and continue to refine.
embarking upon a personal journey to close the achievement gap
Embarking Upon a Personal Journey to Close the Achievement Gap
  • Knowing your authentic self
  • Defining your racial experience
  • Speaking from a place of personal truth
    • Being clear about how you and others are perceived racially
  • Having courageous conversations
    • Stay engaged
    • Speak our truth; experience discomfort
    • Expect/accept non-closure

Glen Singleton, 2002

time for reflection
Time for Reflection
  • Closing Remarks
  • Concerns
  • Questions and Answers