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Fall 2019 Impact

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34 brown, urban, and economically disadvantaged students can achieve. Dr. Ronald Edmonds pioneered the idea that all students can learn and not just be allowed into classrooms, despite disadvantaged backgrounds and other issues. is belief is being recognized across the state and nation, spurring the rethinking of our educational designs. ASCD in its Vision for Action: e ASCD Whole Child Award details six critical tenets utilized in their selection of schools deemed to be authentically culturally responsive. We, as educators, must consider, discuss and intentionally plan implementation around these strategies if we are to be successful in fulfilling the promise for all students, regardless of background or ethnicity. ese tenets center on educating the whole child and ensuring that each student: • enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle. • learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults. • is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community. • has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults. • is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment. Let's Prove It! e New York State Department of Education (NYSED) selected PLC Associates, Inc., a consultancy well-known for its successful practices in school turnaround, to identify ten schools and two districts across the state who meet the criterion for schools graduating young men of color at a rate that exceeds the New York State graduation rate for young men of color by significant margins. e charge was to comprehensively study these schools and identify the structures, practices and systems that are driving such extraordinary results. e definition of YMOC, for purposes of the study, includes all males in the subgroups of Black/African American; American Indian/Alaskan Native and Hispanic/ Latino. Criterion for selecting these schools included: exceeding the NYS graduation rate of 80%, greater than 50% of enrolled males being students of color, unscreened, varying levels of need, located in diverse geographic areas of the state (urban, suburban and large city) and experiencing a positive trajectory of growth. e schools ranged in enrollment from 375 to 1675, with the percentage of YMOC from 61% to 97%. e results are incredibly informative. A false narrative has perpetuated that schools

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