On Janurary 27th, we were joined by: Francesca Gamber,Principal, Bard Early College High School/Baltimore; Sara Leven,Director, Chicago Public Schools International Baccalaureate Programs; Patrick Wolf, Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform; in conversation with Ashley Berner, Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy.
There is no dearth of suggestions about how to improve student achievement and narrow the achievement gaps in America’s urban school districts. What is the evidence that any of them works? By what margins? Under which circumstances? At what cost?
Our discussion revolved around three innovations that seem to improve student outcomes in our country’s urban districts: a rigorous academic curriculum, a well-designed system of choice, and the opportunity to earn a college degree while still in high school. Our expert panel talked us through the benefits and challenges of implementing each of these models.