[This was posted from the Kettering Foundation meeting on September 20-21, 2007 with 12 sites working on the project, “Too Many Children Left Behind”. For more information about the project visit the Project Home Page.]
- A different approach to fundraising
- People to be invested who aren’t currently participating
- Accurate understanding of what it is and implications
- Change the culture of how education is valued
- Kids don’t know about the achievement gaps. How do we make this relevant to them?
- Encourage the voices of the youth in dealing with the issue
- Understanding of what the community can do to impact
- Tangible action
- Engage the community to hold elected officials accountable
- All citizens to feel responsible for all kids
- Parents to become empowered to reach other parents
- Engage the unusual suspects, business, retired, those not in it
- Achievement gap language move from abstract to relevant to students, individuals
- People feel motivated to act
- Bring us insights about difficult challenges – race and poverty
- Deal with impact on all students and outcomes for the community connected to that
- All sectors of the community might understand rights and responsibilities connected to the gap
- Affect the way universities teach teachers to teach
- Structures and policies to achieve gap to be impmlemented
- Understand impact on future workforce, students understand the saem thing, teachers, parent
- Common ground – people getting on the same page, getting through difficult issues to do things
- Policy-maker, teachers, media to stop blaming the children for not reaching potential
- A public will to create union contracts that support eliminating the achievement gap
- A conversation that doesn’t include blame anymore, a commitment
- Testing has to be viewed differently because it causes kids to shut down
Reaction to the list:
I don’t think alot of us as adults realize twhat power we have so our kids don’t understand what power they have. We never question the underlying factors behind policy decisions. Our kids don’t question. They don’t have anyone to teach them to speak up!
The Achievement Gap is a complex issues which suggests that there is no single answer and that it needs multiple actors.
Nobody used the term “no child left behind” which is legislation that should be kicked out of the door because it doesn’t measure real learning. Teachers are teaching to the test.
[Group is anxious to move into the forum. It’s a good thing we moved the forum up to the afternoon time slot because it would be painful for them to sit here and NOT talk about the issue.]