Jim Robinson, Facilitator
We focused our attention on two future activities. First, an Achievement Gap Summit in Summer 2014 to begin a process to address and to reduce the achievement gap for minority students from African-American, Latino/Latina populations, and Native Americans populations as well as ELLs and Special Education students. The goal is to bring in local and national leaders who are specialists in reducing the Achievement Gap. Initial suggestions were for specialists in Response to Intervention or FTI and Generation Next.
Second, we discussed possible charges for an Alternative Pathways proposal for teaching licenses in ESL, SPED and STEM. The proposal would focus on who would be recruited, who should be added to prepare for this specific proposal preparation, and what models would be reviewed for the proposal. The students to be recruited could include non-trad students with two or four year degrees, Paras in our partner districts, veterans, or traditional students who want to be teachers but had not thought about ESL or SPED or STEM students who have not thought about teaching as a career. Possible models could include the following aspects: online courses, cohort models, fast track models, apprenticeships, and collaborative models with our P-12 partners. The proposal would also focus on our P-12 partner needs, on mentorship within these alternative pathways, and on financial models to support these pathways.
Who do you think should be invited to speak at an Achievement Gap Summit at SCSU?