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The Intact Warrior

My name is Greg Hopper-Moore, and I am a project administrator at EPIC. Recently, I had the good fortune to be able to visit Xi’an, China, for two weeks. Xi’an (pronounced “Shee-awn”) is home to over 8.5 million people, and 17 universities have multiple campuses in the metropolitan area. The city itself dates back over…

Global Citizenship: A Study in Progress

Last month, I traveled to Barcelona, Spain, to conduct a unique, mixed-methods study of metacognitive skills at the International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference. I surveyed global citizenship levels among IB Diploma Programme students from 19 nations who attended the weeklong, project-based learning experience. I conducted two diverse focus groups: one with students representing eight…

Leadership for Equity

Authors Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson stress the importance of quality leadership in achieving educational equity. They listed these strategies leaders can use to enhance equity in the realms of curriculum interpretation, instructional practices, assessment and evaluation, and community involvement: Curriculum Interpretation Encourage staff members to talk about issues of diversity, values, and social justice.…

Another Inconvenient Truth: Race and Ethnicity Matter

University professors and researchers Willis Hawley and Sonia Nieto breakdown issues and misconceptions that some educators have about dealing with issues of race and ethnicity in the classroom. They offer three race- and ethnicity-conscious strategies for school improvement, centered around understanding the diverse backgrounds of all students in the classroom. Hawley and Nieto conclude by…

The 90/90/90 Schools: A Case Study

This chapter explores the common characteristics of schools that have high poverty rates, high ethnic/racial minority populations, and high academic achievement. These characteristics include:

  • A focus on academic achievement
  • Clear curriculum choices
  • Frequent assessment of student progress and multiple opportunities for improvement
  • An emphasis on nonfiction writing
  • Collaborative scoring of student work

Author: Douglas B. Reeves