Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time

National goals call for “closing the gap” and “reducing dropout rates.”  Research shows that teachers can make positive gains with all learners, regardless of language, disability, or poverty. Pollock recommends ways to advance in special education, with ELLs, and with students academically at-risk. Teachers and administrators can learn to “mind the gap,” to plan lessons and assessments for all learners to meet curriculum goals and apply powerful feedback strategies.

  • Learn how to apply research on learning to practical strategies for ELLs and special education students.  Introduce lesson planning for co-teachers to use the strategies.
  • Learn to teach students to use self-regulating goals forms during class to  increase classroom engagement - specific examples for ELLs, special education, and all students.
  • Learn to update notebook organization to increase interaction. 
  • Learn to track student progress for formative assessment, adding standards-based scoring to reporting practices for ELLs, special education, and all students.

Based on the book by the same title (ASCD, 2012).