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Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do (Volume 0) Paperback – January 18, 2012
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"A breath of fresh air. . . based on real experiences. . .Will start conversations with parents."- Zella Knight, Los Angeles USD, California
"A refreshing reminder that there are educators who have the "will" to use best practices in teaching all students. . .A must read." - Dr. General Davie Jr., ret. Sup't., San Juan USD, California
"Clear direction for principals, teachers, parents searching for answers."- Joseph Jones, Ass't. Exec. Dir., Association of California School Administrators
About the Author
He earned a BS at North Carolina A&T State University, an MA at UC Berkeley, and his doctorate in education from Stanford University. His recent work in California educational reform includes supporting the Sacramento County Board of Education's authorization of five K-8 charter schools. Fortune also serves as president of the board for Pacific Charter Institute, which has a charter school in Sacramento County and another in San Joaquin County.
In 2002, Fortune co-authored LEADERSHIP ON PURPOSE: Promising Practices for African American and Hispanic Students, published by Corwin Press. BRIDGING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP reflects Fortune's unique ability to assess careful research, make keen observations, and establish a vision that merits implementation. He challenges leaders, parents and teachers to make a positive impact by bridging the achievement gap and illuminates the way for change with proven strategies in this book.
Top Customer Reviews
Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do by Rex Fortune is a tried and tested account of the methods and processes that must be in place to show how minority students can progress. Mr. Fortune did some extensive research and interviews to display that minority students can learn and excel with back to basics, innovative and grassroots methods.
In his book he interviews numerous schools educators, leaders and teachers to get an upfront account of their success stories from paying teacher salaries above $44,000 per year and reducing class sizes to extending education and teaching student hours. These efforts have not only caused the students to exceed the statewide API but have allowed them to rank above the statewide API for several consecutive years. For those visual learners he has created a supplemental DVD "Parenting Practices: How Successful Parents Bridge The Achievement Gap" that provides similar information along with parent interviews.
This book is highly recommended.
Critics of education reform will say what they will about the term "achievement gap" and how it perpetuates an inauthentic, subjective benchmark of success for struggling students--the fact of the matter is this: regardless of how you label the situation, chronically underperforming children just need to learn better than they are now. Dr. Fortune's book shows educators and parents how schools have done that in this modern era of education. I encourage anyone to purchase this book. The information it presents needs to be known in every home.
In my experience, it's high expectations that spark the fire, and follow-through that yields results. Many parents, having been failed by our public schools system themselves (on any level), are not equip with the necessary skills to help their children realize their academic goals.
Dr. Rex Fortune truly is an icon educator - a living legend with so much first-hand history of public education in California. Dr. Fortune has been an educator (in many different capacities) for longer than I've been alive!!
I appreciate his ability to recognize and understand others' diverse backgrounds and histories.
There are many people who claim to be "urban education experts", yet these people were never "urban" students themselves, nor have they been parents of "urban" students.
There is an academic achievement (or "access") gap because there is a disconnect that persists throughout the education field. We don't like to acknowledge, let alone talk about race, cultural differences, and what typically happens in different homes (for real, for real). Dr. Fortune crosses lines and shares a number of different scenarios.
In addition to ensuring the educating of his own children, Dr. Fortune has impacted 100s of 1000s of lives over the decades.Read more ›