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Faculty/Staff summer book read -- "Best Intentions and Blind Spots: Unpacking the Student Achievement Gap"

April 26 2013

"Best Intentions and Blind Spots: Unpacking the Student Achievement Gap" - a faculty/staff summer book read

Data on first generation, low income, and minority students indicate an academic achievement and retention gap with their respective counterparts. Yet, there are institutions in the country where the differentials do not pattern this way. Framed by the work of Dr. Ruby Payne and Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, this three-session book read explores deficit and strengths-based models that impact student achievement and commitment, often outside instructor or staff awareness.

Some of the themes discussed include:· How do we more effectively engage students?· Why do expectations matter and what messages do we send about them?· How can I enhance the success of all students when they seemingly bring different skill and ability sets to the classroom or activity?

May 23 & June 6 (8:30-10 a.m.) & June 18 (3-4:30 p.m.)Clabber Girl - 9th and Wabash (conference room upstairs)*refreshments provided*

Space limited to first 20 to sign up. Free books provided.To register, contact the Office of Student Success by May 10debra.jeffries@indstate.edu; x8378

Questions may be directed to Joshua Powers, Interim AVP for Student Success (jopowers@indstate.edu; x8378).

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