University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

2011 Summer Leadership Institute

In OWL-OEP Weekly Links on May 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

For the past several weeks in our “Mark Your Calendar” section, we have featured a “Save The Date” announcement for the 2011 Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas being held on June 10, 2011. The theme for this year’s institute is “Closing the Achievement Gap” and features Keynote Speaker Joseph F. Murphy, PhD, who is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education and Associate Dean at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

We are also happy to announce that the OEP will be presenting during one of the afternoon breakout sessions on a project titled: Spotlights on Success: Schools Beating the Odds in Arkansas. The presentation will highlight our recent study examining gaps on the statewide achievement scores between each of the following categories: high- and low-poverty, Caucasian and minority, urban and rural, large and small. Even if some gaps aren’t big, as is likely with large and small schools, these schools are still different enough to justify examining them separately. Additionally, the schools beating the odds in the following three categories will be examined: 1) Low-poverty schools beating the odds; 2) Schools closing the achievement gap: race; and 3) Schools closing the achievement gap: poverty, to round out a full consideration of what counts as “beating the odds”. Just because a school isn’t poor doesn’t mean it can’t “beat the odds”; such a school simply has to perform much better than similar schools. Click here for more information on the presentation.

We feel that these schools should be commended. Each of the above categories represents a different type of school with a unique set of strengths and needs. Examining strategies for success in each of these types of schools should provide better information for all educators. More information on the 2011 Summer Leadership Institute can be found here. You can also register online for the Institute. We hope to see you in June!

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