Close the Achievement Gap with Tech Equity

Two years ago, at the National ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to speak about using technology as a way to close the achievement gap. During the conference, I had the pleasure of listening to Soledad O'Brien deliver a keynote address. While O’Brien spoke about equity and access, I found myself nodding in agreement after every sentence.

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Opportunity to Learn

I was watching the San Diego Padres baseball game last night and witnessed another painful loss.

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Teach and Support Literacy Skills Everyday

Students need to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills every day in every class. With limited skill knowledge, students struggle to read and write in all subject areas and stay dependent on the teacher. Teaching essential, state-aligned literacy skills empowers students with the skills they need to advance. 

Here are some literacy skills we want to teach in all classes.

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An Argument for Collaborative Work

At LiteracyTA, we believe the achievement gap includes any student who does not reach his or her academic goals, not just struggling readers and writers. If a student has a vision or dream for his or her schooling, we want that dream to become a reality.

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A Simple Model for Achievement

LiteracyTA’s Achievement Triangle is a simple visual that explains how rigorous curriculum and well planned support can lead to student success. To bridge the achievement gap, teachers should raise their expectations for reading, speaking, and writing tasks and increase text complexity. Assigning more complex tasks and texts is only one part of the formula.

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