Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Illinois scores low on black-white achievement gaps in mathematics

Read the Chicago SunTimes story showing Illinois has one of the biggest black-white achievement gaps in mathematics

Can this gap be closed with just focusing on "great teaching". Read this article and follow the links to the Catalyst Chicago seminars held in November and December 2008 and January 2009.

Listen to the presentation by Dr. Michael Woolley , assistant professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, which shows how youth in highly segregated neighborhoods with poorly performing schools seem to perform better when there are extra adults in their lives as mentors, tutors, friends, coaches, etc.

Then use the Asset Maps in the T/MC Program Locator to see how business, faith groups and others can mobilize volunteers and donors to help make tutor/mentor programs available in high poverty neighborhoods, so more kids have these resources as school starts in September 2009.

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