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"Provides relevant and important information for school administrators working to close the achievement gap for African American, Hispanic and other low-achieving students in public schools. . .Fortune defines successful strategies used by innovative schools around the country"- Rick Rubino, Ass't. Sup., Martinez USD, California

"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

REX FORTUNE, a father, husband and educator in Sacramento, California is an inspiring educational reform advocate for closing the achievement gap. Fortune is chairman of the board and director of research and evaluation at Fortune School of Education (FSE) in Sacramento.

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.
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  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Fortune and Associates (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061551992X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615519920
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Studies have shown that with the proper methods in place, continual practice and adequate support any student can learn and excel. Despite the statistics, minority students are excelling well above the Achievement Performance Index (API) requirement. How are they doing this is by the dedication of a collective unit: student, parent, teachers, educators, leaders and the school all with the same goals in mind to "bridge the achievement gap."

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.
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Education has become the civil rights issue of the 21st century. With public awareness around the issue growing daily, Dr. Fortune's book is an excellent compliment to stakeholder efforts in further spreading awareness and, more importantly, identifying real solutions for underperforming students. While Dr. Fortune is himself impressively credentialed and experienced in the world of education, it is his display of diligence and thorough research in the book that truly fortifies his words as persuasive guidance for getting done what we so desperately need: a holistic, complete approach to educating children that have already been failed by the system.

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.
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I am a former California public school teacher. I taught at a low-income school in a neighborhood that is infested with drugs, gangs, and prostitution. No one expects our students to perform, but long story short, a small middle school in the "'hood" now has an API of 964 and a National Blue Ribbon. How? Many of our parents are featured in Dr. Fortune's DVD, Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do, where they share what it took for THEM to do in order for their kids to perform.

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.
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