“How many effective schools would you have to see to be persuaded of the educability of poor children?” -Ron Edmonds
All kids can learn.
Circumstances can make it easier or harder, but all students have it in them to succeed. There are too many examples of kids succeeding in challenging circumstances to think otherwise.
Great teaching makes a difference.
How students are taught makes a huge difference in how well they learn. The evidence is clear that similar kids will learn more or less depending on what happens in the classroom.
Great leadership supports great teaching.
How administrators and teacher leaders support those in the classroom determines whether academic success is isolated or widespread.
Achievement Gains at a High-Poverty School Are No Accident
For a case study on Dodge Renaissance’s journey to success–developed by KDP founder Jeff Archer–see page 27 of this report.