» achievement gap /site Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:28:11 +0000 en hourly 1 ELIMINATING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP /site/2009/07/eliminating-the-achievement-gap/ /site/2009/07/eliminating-the-achievement-gap/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2009 05:40:30 +0000 Admin /site/?p=175 Betty S. Burney serves as key workshop facilitator at the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts.


It is the mission of the Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts to provide support to Black Educators and to improve academic performance of all children, but particularly, students of color. Through various professional development opportunities, BEAM promotes excellence in teaching, leading and in student academic proficiency by sharing and modeling best practices in education.

This conference “Eliminating the Achievement Gap: Education is a Civil Right” is designed to remind us of the crucial role that education has and continues to play in our progress and advancement as African Americans and how much sacrifice was made by our forefathers and mothers to ensure we had equal access to a quality education. It is also intended to inspire us to dream bigger and achieve more at this historic moment in our history as we witnessed the swearing in of our country’s first Black president, Barack Obama. But most importantly, we want conference participants to be spurred on to take what they learn and act on behalf of Black and Hispanic students to eliminate the inequities that perpetuate the gap between them and their White and Asian peers. Conference presenters will challenge us to abandon deficit ways of thinking about student capabilities and provide historical perspectives and insights and strategies for using students’ cultural and linguistic assets as foundations upon which to strengthen their literacy skills.

Building on last year’s theme, conference presenters will also highlight effective data practices that both inform instruction and help teachers know whether student achievement is improving. Ultimately, our hope is that conference participants will emerge from these thought-provoking, culturally relevant and engaging workshops motivated and armed with effective classroom and school strategies that will yield better results for their students.

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