Gaining on the Gap: Changing Hearts, Minds, and Practice serves as a guide along the journey taken by six individuals who each played a role in moving a school system along a path where race would not be a predictor for academic success. Join us as we share insights to challenges and victories as well as a close look at our own personal and professional growth.
Robert G. Smith is associate professor in the George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development's Education Leadership program. Alvin L. Crawley is assistant superintendent for student services at Arlington Public Schools. Cheryl Robinson is the supervisor for the Office of Minority Achievement for the Arlington Public Schools. Timothy Cotman, Jr. is a minority achievement coordinator with the Arlington Public Schools. Marty Swaim is a cultural competence trainer. Palma Joe Strand is associate professor at Creighton Law School in Omaha, Nebraska.
Foreword Preface Introduction Chapter One: The Context Chapter Two: Creating Organization Conditions to Close Achievement Gaps Chapter Three: Can Schools Eliminate Gaps? Chapter Four: Fixing the System, Not the Kids Chapter Five: The Perfect Storm: Capitalizing on Synergy Chapter Six: Facilitating Conversations About Race Chapter Seven: Teaching Across Cultures Chapter Eight: System-Level Buy-In: A Case Study Chapter Nine: Gaining on the Gap: Progress, Themes, and Lessons Learned Afterword