"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.