Effective strategies to close the achievement gap.
The achievement gap in education is the performance disparity we often see among students when grouped together. The achievement gap takes many forms. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one student won’t work for all. However, by meeting the individual needs of our students, we can give them the boost to perform at the level we know they’re capable of and work toward reducing the disparities observed in student outcomes.
This free guide gives an introduction to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the classroom.
It will also show you how you can use technology to help students to fully engage with learning and reach their full potential. We’ll answer the following questions and more:
Over the past several years, DEI has become a hot topic of conversation, and the recent coronavirus pandemic highlighted the inequalities and barriers that many of our learners face in the classroom.
Empowering our students begins with creating equitable and inclusive learning environments.
This guide gives an introduction to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the classroom. It shows us how we can use technology to help our students to fully engage with learning and reach their full potential. You will learn:
What DEI is?
Creating equity in the classroom is no easy task. Our students all come from different backgrounds, with different learning preferences, and with different opinions of our classes. By getting to know our students, and building relationships, we can start to close the achievement gap, class by class.
Progress looks different for every student, that’s why data is king. By tracking our students’ progress (in tangible terms like reading age, math proficiency, attendance, or behavior), we can set challenging targets for how our students develop. Technology is a great tool here to allow students to hold themselves accountable for their own learning and improvement. Simple tools like a spreadsheet to track test scores will help to get you started.
We always encourage students to look over their work, as well as the feedback from us as educators. But building in time and a culture of self-reflection can help to ensure that students are taking their mistakes on board and working on correcting them. Exit tickets are a great way to add self-reflection in your classroom.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. We believe that that same village is needed to educate our children. That’s why it’s vital to develop relationships with our students’ caregivers. Including parents and caregivers we’re giving our students more opportunities to develop and progress with more people in their corner. Keeping caregivers updated with student successes can come in many forms, invite them into school for a chat, send home a quick email, or arrange a catch-up call.
Personalized learning aims to customize learning for each student’s strengths, skills, interests, and background. The practice of personalized learning allows us to provide our students with tailored learning opportunities. Technology is a great way to support personalized learning as students can pick tools to help them learn at their own pace, find challenging activities, and work both independently and collaboratively. The tools and strategies our students choose to use now will follow them into their future.