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Closing the Achievement Gap : The Capacity Building Model …..Strategies for continuous and sustainable improvement Presented By: Jason Murphy, Asst. Principal, Antioch High School Fal Asrani, Ed.D, Administrator of High School Reform, Antioch Unified School District
Table of Contents: • What is the Gap: Introduction • Cycle of Adult Behaviors Creating the Gap • AHS Reform • Building Capacity to Address the Gap
Recognizing the Gap Changes Expectations Behaviors Data
What Why WHO
Antioch High School 120 point API 139 point API Gap
Creating the Change Process to Address the Achievement Gap Outcomes Reflection Frustration Analysis Paralysis Understanding the change People will change differently People will view change differently Conflict and disagreement around data
Anthony Mohammad- transforming cultures http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLfVcvQ-ulw&feature=related
Table Discussion • Identify and categorize factors that impact the achievement gap
Identify the school related obstacles to student achievement • Kuykendall research http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hybu6hWSNqg&feature=relatedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTtKliHoM2E&feature=related
Antioch High School Intervention Model for All Subgroups Capacity Building Model Turnaround Model Transformation Model
Build Capacity to recognize the gap between performance and expectation for all students Courageous Conversations around data Identify the Critical Areas for Follow Up Recognition of the Urgent Need for Structural Reform Development of a Vision for School Reform Implementation of a Strategic Focus on Organization Coherence Strategic Leadership Expectation of Academic Excellence Expanded Student Interventions
Acknowledging Diversity to Promote High Achievement Change the Culture to Recognize Diversity: • Develop strong bonds with diverse students: NCBI training • Identify and build on student strengths: Student Senate • p students overcome their fear of failure: • Redesign Counseling Services • 1:1 student conferences around testing • AP symposium • PSAT tests for all sophomores Help students overcome their fear of success • AVID, Pathways, • CP classes for all, • College Nights and Career Nights • Cyber High remediation as part of school day • Set short and long term goals for and with students • Annual and Four-year plans Kuykendall, 2004
Suggestions for Academic Success: • Developing appropriate teaching styles more congruent with learning styles of black and Hispanic students • Use homework and television to your advantage • Communicate to ensure your real intentions are understood • Establish a good school and classroom climate • Strengthen relations between home and school Kuykendall, 2004
Identification of Strategic Organization Coherence We believe that we are allaccountable for the performance of all our students. In order for our students to obtain rigorous grade level curriculum and attain mastery, we need to create organizational coherence that ensures equal access to close the achievement gap.
Expectation of Academic Excellence • Departmental and subject specific release time. • The Wednesday schedule is revised to promote departmental collaboration focused on instruction. • Teachers are now developing common subject grading rubrics. • Departments are developing common grading policies • Teachers are reviewing grading common assessment and grading distributions and using the results of their analysis to drive instruction. • Pathway Schools and Small Learning Communities • Raise API: Targeted activities school wide & core depts.
Building A College Going Culture With Expanded Student Interventions • Interventions: • CAHSEE tutoring after school for sophomores • Read 180 • After-school Credit Recovery • Cyber High Online Curriculum • Algebra 1A Support Curriculum • ZAP (After school work) • College Nights by Grade Level • Summer Bridge Program • Summer AP Prep Academy • Smartthinking.com • Special Education: “Push-In-Model” • College Fair/Career Fair • Parent Connected and community support
Ongoing Practices AT AHS Counseling Redesign In-house Leadership Training Program Vice Principal Leadership in Curriculum Creating Small Learning Communities Data Conversations with Community Initiatives to Increase four- year College Admissions