The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University: Summer Institute


Jul 8, 2018 to Jul 12, 2018


Harvard University
Graduate School of Education
13 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138


Jon Saphier


Closing the Achievement Gap: Strategies for Excellence with Equity

Closing the Achievement Gap focuses on contemporary frameworks used to understand instructional quality, student engagement, youth development, parenting and leadership in racially diverse communities. Challenges of responding effectively to racial, ethnic and socio-economic differences within school communities will receive special attention. Using a socio-ecological approach, you will consider the interdependence of each stakeholder’s role in raising student achievement and closing gaps. You will gain a firm understanding of how your school community can strategically and effectively work together with shared goals for improved student outcomes.

The program features research findings from the Tripod Project for school improvement, which surveys students and teachers around the nation in an effort to understand how they experience teaching and learning. Findings are often surprising and have important implications for our schools. For example, many students pretend they are not trying and do not care, when neither is actually the case. Findings such as these are featured in the program and have important implications for leadership in diverse schools and classrooms.

There is a real knowledge base about how to get low-performing, discouraged students to believe in themselves, and simultaneously to learn how to exert effective effort. These skills are teachable, learnable and indispensable to eliminating the achievement gap. Jon Saphier's session will begin to examine at a drill-down detail level what high-expectation teachers do.