Achievement Gap http://wfpl.org en JCPS Officials: 'Equity Scorecards' Can Address Achievement Gaps in Race, Language http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-officials-equity-scorecards-can-address-achievement-gaps-race-language <p>Jefferson County Public Schools will release its first “equity scorecards” for schools in November, which will delve into academic disparities—in race and language, for example—that have existed in the district for years.</p><p>The district plans to use the scorecards to guide schools in improving the education outcomes for all students.</p><p>“We really need to be honest in terms of challenging the perceptions and the biases that we all hold,” says Judi Vanderhaar, evaluation specialist for JCPS who helped lead the initiative.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:52:37 +0000 Devin Katayama 7356 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Officials: 'Equity Scorecards' Can Address Achievement Gaps in Race, Language Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning http://wfpl.org/post/struggle-smarts-how-eastern-and-western-cultures-tackle-learning In 1979, when Jim Stigler was still a graduate student at the University of Michigan, he went to Japan to research teaching methods and found himself sitting in the back row of a crowded fourth-grade math class.<p>"The teacher was trying to teach the class how to draw three-dimensional cubes on paper," Stigler explains, "and one kid was just totally having trouble with it. His cube looked all cockeyed, so the teacher said to him, 'Why don't you go put yours on the board?' So right there I thought, 'That's interesting! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:12:43 +0000 Alix Spiegel 2462 at http://wfpl.org Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning