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  • SubGenre:Decision-Making & Problem Solving
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Bridging the Achievement Gap
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:160
  • eBook ISBN:9781543937923
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543937916

Bridging the Achievement Gap

What Successful Educators and Parents Do 2nd Edition

by Rex Fortune , Dominic Zareckic and Rex Fortune III

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The Second Edition of Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do includes 11 examples of K-12 high performing public schools which serve mostly African American students. The book argues that school district leaders with low performing schools should consider what these high performing schools do in their planning to reverse the on-going trend of relatively low academic performance of African American students. Included in the "Solution Chapter" is the rationale for state legislation to provide funding for students who are low performing, but may not qualify for current funding for low income students. Also included in that chapter is the actual legislative language currently under consideration by the California State Legislature. The book contains other supporting research on this topic.
The author, a former school superintendent, state administrator, school administrator and classroom teacher, asserts that the academic achievement gap does not have to persist. Fortune links his research on high performing, high minority schools with other studies of traditional and charter schools cited in his book, that reach the same conclusion--African Aerican can achieve. Fortune was co-author of Leadership on Purpose, author of Bridging the Achievement Gap-1st Edition, and several books based on a chapter in these books called Parenting Practices: What Successful Parents Do to bridge the achievement gap. His work and advocacy as described in "Chapter Five: Solutions" in this Second Edition publication contain legislative language to address this problem currently under consideration by the California State Legislature. Fortune received his BS degree and US Army Commission from NC A&T State University. Masters in Ed Admin from UC Berkeley, and Ph. D in Educational Administration from Stanford University. He resides in Granite Bay, California
About the author

Dr. Rex Fortune was a retired educator, a local school district superintendent for 20 years, a California Department of Education Associate Superintendent of Schools for 11 years, a high school teacher and administrator. He founded the Fortune School of Education and Fortune & Associates book research and publications company. He is an author of several books in education. He lives in Granite Bay, California.

Rex Fortune III has a degree in human resources training and development and is a masters degree candidate. He was a director of teacher recruitment and a training program coordinator during his 12 years at Project Pipeline Teacher Credential Program, now called Fortune School of Education. He has served over 15 years with Fortune & Associates as their Vice President and President/CEO, conducting K-12 education research, co-authoring several books, plus developing educational videos on closing the achievement gap, parenting practices and social science.