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2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 2729, 2014
Dallas, Tex.

Explore ways to make excellent teaching the reality in every classroom.



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Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving From Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap

July 11, 2012  |  Baltimore, Md.

Responding to the growing concerns over the academic performance of U.S. students in general and ethnic minority students in particular, Boykin and Noguera (2011) partnered to identify and discuss solutions for closing learning gaps among students in our education system. This session will illustrate some of the key solutions to the challenges facing students and educators today.

In their book, Boykin and Noguera provide evidence that engagement is a vital precursor for gap-closing gains in academic performance. Many educators agree that engagement is challenging to cultivate and maintain, but specific classroom practices for maximizing student engagement are sparse in our classrooms today. 

Through this workshop, educators will be able to recognize high levels of engagement in the classroom. Furthermore, participants will be prepared to use instructional approaches that focus on the assets that students bring with them or that create assets for the students to use in the classroom. Such strategies include promoting high-quality teacher-student relationships, providing meaningful learning opportunities, and using culturally relevant pedagogy. These asset-focused strategies positively affect engagement and adaptive learning orientations, such as self-regulated learning and self-efficacy. These adaptive learning orientations also affect student engagement. 

In all, participants will be prepared to provide teaching and learning activities that will enhance learning for all students, particularly ethnic minority students. These activities and practices will lead to gap-closing learning outcomes. Through participating in this full-day workshop, you will

  • Understand better the complexities and dynamics involved in the learning gaps that plague U.S. schools;
  • Acquire specific strategies for optimizing classroom transactions that focus on student assets and promote adaptive learning orientations; and
  • Identify specific next steps for your education setting to maximize student engagement.
Darla ScottMaKelia Mitchell

Institute Staff: Darla Scott and MaKelia Mitchell, Capstone Institute/Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Registration Fee: $249 (ASCD members), $313 (Nonmembers)
Registration Code: PD12GF050

Four-Day Registration Fee: $489 (ASCD members), $563 (Nonmembers)
Registration Code: PD12GF054

Materials Fee: $21 for Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap

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