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Fall 2019 Impact

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33 Culturally Responsive Schools in Action… And the Results to Prove It! Penny Ciaburri e Issue: e academic success rate for minority students, as measured by graduation rate, remains low compared to other students. As schools across New York State are striving to raise the academic performance and career prospects for all students, the graduation rates for young men of color (YMOC) over the past three years have been below 65 percent, compared to 80 percent for all students. A recent study (2019) conducted by PLC Associates, Inc. has documented key findings from schools who are consistently exceeding the graduation rate for young men of color and achieving significant, continued progress. e Challenge…And the Opportunity to Get It Right In education, there is the popular, the current (status quo), the "new idea" and sometimes, the renaming of the old and presenting it as new. Far too many schools lack a clear theory of action predicated on proven practices. Many are not aware of the school design (curricular and instructional components), which are especially meaningful for young men of color. We are in a time where the culturally responsive curriculum is now being acknowledged. In this article, we will give a brief history of culturally responsive education and what several high schools did to not only meet their students' needs, but in a way that breaks long-held false beliefs and narratives about what black, Penny L. Ciaburri is CEO and sole owner of PLC Associates, Inc., a results- based consultancy that works in the fields of education and business, including both the public and private sectors. PLC Associates is supporting work in an extensive number of schools across New York State and has worked in 19 states, and over 950 schools, nation-wide. e company has been named by NYSED as Independent Receivers to assist with schools who do not achieve results. PLC has developed and successfully utilized several methodologies and tools which have resulted in schools achieving measurable results.

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