Chicago Tackles Inequity In Advanced Courses At Some Schools

On Wednesday, the board of education voted to pay a Washington state-based [non-profit] organization to help six targeted schools close gaps in access to AP and International Baccalaureate classes. The consultants, Equal Opportunity Schools, will continue its two-year-old work with six other Chicago high schools.

“We can learn from the work that they’ve been doing,” said Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade. “They have an approach that goes beyond just pushing students into wanting to enroll, they survey the hearts and minds of students.”

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Chicago recruits outside firm to help it tackle gender, racial gaps in advanced courses

The school board voted to expand the partnership to an additional 6 schools (Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory, North-Grand High, Thomas Kelly College Preparatory, Kenwood Academy High, Nicholas Senn High and Friedrich Von Steuben Metropolitan Science High) “… to identify inequities in access to rigorous coursework, and find students in need of additional support or encouragement or who have been overlooked or face barriers but show potential to handle the classes. The group [EOS] will analyze student academic records and surveys to help determine the size and causes of the gaps at schools, develop best practices and boost leadership capacity for closing them, according to the agreement.”

“We can learn from the work that they’ve been doing,” said Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade. “They have an approach that goes beyond just pushing students into wanting to enroll, they survey the hearts and minds of students.”

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How data can close the education equity gap

Equal Opportunity Schools’ (EOS) mission is to close the opportunity equity gap in America by getting more students of color and low-income students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) classes.

EOS is proud of our accomplishments and the partnership with Tableau Foundation. We are thrilled to visualize our impact and energized to take the next steps to close America’s education equity gap.

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What’s a ‘destination district,’ and how do we get there? Decatur board members, students confer

The board approved in May a partnership, funded by a $130,400 grant from the Community Foundation of Macon County, with the nonprofit Equal Opportunity Schools with the goal of increasing how many low-income students and students of color successfully complete advanced placement classes at Eisenhower and MacArthur high schools.

“We are not there yet but when I think about what success looks like, it is people moving to Decatur to be in these fantastic schools,” [school board President Beth] Nolan said.

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Contreras Named N.C. PTA Superintendent Of The Year

Dr. Contreras will be honored as the North Carolina PTA Superintendent of the Year, which recognizes superintendents who fulfill the PTA vision to make every child’s potential a reality.

“Dr. Sharon L. Contreras is passionate about providing high-quality education to each child with the goal that every student graduates college- and career-ready,” wrote Shirrell Williams, Guilford County Council of PTAs president. “As Guilford County Council of PTAs President, I enjoy meeting with Dr. Contreras and sharing parents’ concerns, learning how the GCS school district and the PTAs can work together to help make our school district great.”

Among her initiatives, Contreras has developed a partnership with Equal Opportunity Schools to ensure greater minority representation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.

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