Want to close the achievement gap? First—close the effects of the poverty gap!
Poverty in Massachusetts:
It’s reality for over 25% of children and families in the state.
It’s the 800-pound gorilla stalking the best efforts to close the student achievement gap.
It’s the great, grey smoldering issue that too many policy makers, community leaders and folks at the local coffee club have been reluctant (or unwilling) to acknowledge for too long.
This year, however, as Massachusetts evaluates 25 years of progress since passage of the watershed Ed Reform Act, the evidence is irrefutable. In communities across the Commonwealth, poverty and its debilitating effects on students and their families is clearly reflected in poor classroom performance and low overall achievement. Although recent attention to these challenges has inspired new school and student-focused initiatives, many districts are finding the number of young people at risk exceeds the availability of services they or safety-net providers can offer. Nor is it solely an “urban” problem: poverty has long been embedded in small rural communities and in recent years has been creeping, below the radar, into solid suburban districts.
MASC's second annual Summit on Poverty moves beyond the basics that were presented at last year’s event. Our 2018 program has been designed to present real-world examples of how schools, districts, educators and safety-net service providers are collaborating and developing successful intervention strategies to help students break free from the cycle of poverty. The ramifications of this life at risk threatens the future of thousands of students across the commonwealth, but it need not be a life sentence. Research and real-world examples are showing how high poverty/high performing schools have adopted practices that are turning low-income/at risk students into achievers with the academic and social-emotional skills to thrive in career and life.
Join us for this program and learn about the strategies and programs that can be implemented in your district to help all your students thrive!
In this week's Sun, ON SALE NOW!
-Talking education with Jennifer Davis Carey of WEC The Worcester Education Collaborative
-From Mass Foodies, The exuberance of Wilson Wang, owner of Baba Sushi Worcester Baba Sushi Sturbridge and Chuan Shabu
-Disturbing trends for #Worcester Renters, in the Big Picture
-Ray Mariano: Where Donald J. Trump is right
-A murder conviction, robberies, drugs and missing person in #LawandOrder
-Frank Virzi's Worcester Crossword-- 6 Down: Lois ____, private Worcester street next to comic book store That's Entertainment.
-and much more