Principal Leadership - April 2015 - (Page 46)

Need a LITTLE TLC? Teaching and learning conferences connect teacher practice with student performance Tiffany N. Awkard M any reform efforts in American schools today have focused on ensuring an equitable and quality education for all students. Research shows disparities in academic achievement among black and Hispanic students compared to their white and Asian counterparts. This data suggests a fundamental need for all teachers, administrators, and the like to examine schoolwide data as well as individual classroom 46 Principal Leadership | April 2015 achievement data to determine if, indeed, disparities exist. Purposeful and meaningful examination of classroom data and critical analysis is essential to making the necessary connections between instructional practice and student achievement. This critical analysis of disaggregated data brings to surface any achievement disparities that may exist within cultural and ethnic groups. As teachers begin to understand these connections, several questions emerge: ■ What expectations do I have for my students, and are my expectations the same for all? ■ How does my instruction respond to and meet the needs of all cultural groups within the class? ■ How do my beliefs about my students' cultural differences influence my behaviors in the classroom and how do these behaviors impact student achievement? To support decreasing the academic achievement disparity among our student populations,

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - April 2015

Solution Tree
From the Editor
Bulletin Board
Cases in Point
Pepperdine University
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
Advocates for Acceptance
Creating a Socially Inclusive School
Out of the Darkness: Making Student Mental Health a Priority
Combating Cyberbullying
How Do You Evaluate Leadership?
The Common Core and School Improvement
Salsbury Industries
Discussion Guide: The Common Core and School Improvement
Leading in Turbulent Times
Need a Little TLC?
The Principal Story by Nomadic Pictures
Growing Your STEMs
Digital Leader
Instructional Leader
Breaking Ranks in Practice

Principal Leadership - April 2015