A Conversation About Equal Opportunity with Dr. Nick Wahl

SFS’s Dr. Dianna Whitlock has a conversation with Dr. Nick Wahl, the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiatives Team for Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), about how to create equal learning opportunities for all students.

Interestingly enough, of 50,000 teachers interviewed across the country, the greatest predictors of success were student interest and student motivation. The lowest predictors? Students’ GPAs and test scores, which are gatekeepers—keeping capable students out of more challenging courses. In working with these high schools, Dr. Wahl and his team identify barriers to these programs and aim to knock them down to prevent further gatekeeping from deserving and motivated students, regardless of their background.

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Byron Garrett to join Niko Brim on Instagram

Byron Garrett, CEO, Equal Opportunity Schools, has been invited to speak live with Recording Artist Niko Brim, via IG today (6.23.20) at 3:20pm (pacific)/6:20pm (eastern).

Niko has created a space for social impact leaders like him to connect about current events and key pillars, including community, education, wellness, business, and justice via his a special week-long IGTV and YouTube conversation series.

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Statement from Byron V. Garrett, CEO

The Murder of George Floyd and The Current State of Affairs

“In these moments, reflection is one of our most powerful tools. This weekend, we witnessed ongoing nationwide civil unrest as a result of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. As the leader of an organization of dedicated professionals who strive to ensure our students have an equal opportunity to succeed, I take seriously our role and responsibility in light of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others. In that mission, we stand in solidarity with those who seek justice and who highlight, by their presence in the streets, the urgent need for unyielding structural change…”

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Pasco County Schools Named College Board AP District of the Year for Large Districts

Land O’ Lakes, FL – (May 28, 2020) – Pasco County Schools has been named College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year for leading the nation’s large-sized school districts in expanding access and equity to Advanced Placement courses while simultaneously improving exam performance.

…”Increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher, and increasing participation and success among traditionally underrepresented minority students, is the ideal scenario. It means the district is successfully preparing a larger, and more diverse, group of students for the rigor of AP and college studies. The work was done in conjunction with Equal Opportunity Schools, a partner that works with districts to close the AP access gap.”

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Galt Joint Union HSD Named College Board AP District of the Year for Small Schools

Equal Opportunity Schools congratulates Galt Joint Union High School District, a past partner, for being named a College Board Advanced Placement® District of the Year for small-sized school districts—defined as having less than 8,000 students—in expanding access to Advanced Placement (AP®) courses while simultaneously improving AP Exam performance.

Increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher is the ideal scenario. It means the district is successfully preparing a larger number of students for the rigor of AP and college studies. Participating in AP coursework can lead to college savings for families. The typical student who scores a 3 or higher on two AP Exams can save, on average, $1,779 at a public four year college and over $6,000 at a private institution.

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