Symposium on “Bridging the Achievement Gap.”

 I want to thank our Oakland members, and our Oakland site coordinator Christine for passing on information about a great, free symposium.  I hope some of you will be able to attend.

The term “achievement gap” refers to the disparities in
academic achievement between different groups of students.
Across the United States, gaps in academic achievement
persist between ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes,
and genders. These achievement gaps are one of the most
pressing education-policy challenges that schools currently
face, and directly affect the future of our nation. How
did these gaps originate, and how can we bridge them?

Our four panelists will discuss the history, causes, and
possible solutions for the racial achievement gap in
California K-12 schools, with an emphasis on literacy and
the language arts.

Featured Panelists:
Carrie Donovan – Director of BUILD (Berkeley United in
Literacy Development), UC Berkeley

Andrew Dubin – Professor, Graduate College of Education,
San Francisco State University

Emma Fuentes – Professor, School of Education,
University of San Francisco

Stephanie Sisk-Hilton – Professor, Graduate College of
Education, San Francisco State University

LOCATION: FSM Café at Moffitt Library, UC Berkeley
DATE: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
TIME: 6pm – 8pm

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome
to participate. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Co-
sponsored by WriterCoach Connection at Berkeley and Moffitt
Library’s Free Speech Movement Café. For more information:

About Experience Corps Bay Area

Experience Corps Bay Area recruits and trains adults 50+ to tutor and mentor elementary school children, with a focus on K-3 literacy.
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