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Schools Seek to Boost Achievement of Black, Latino Students

School board to learn Wednesday how well the district's 18-month plan is succeeding.

Berkeley Unified School District educators devised an 18-month plan to close the gap between black and Latino students and their peers.

Wednesday night, the school board will find out how well it's working.

The plan "has held us accountable to take action to achieve the promise of the 2020 Vision," district spokesman Mark Coplan said in an email message,"the elimination of the racial predictability of our children’s achievement and health by the year 2020," 

The plan identifies strategic steps focused on five areas:  

  • Curriculum and instruction success  
  • Family/community engagement 
  • Cultural and linguistic relevance 
  • Generation and allocation of resources 

A recently released state report on California schools shows that while the district's native Spanish speakers made steady progress from 2008 to 2011, black students lagged behind.

"It's not our English language learners who are at the bottom, it's our black students," and in particular, black male students, board vice president Leah Wilson said at last week's discussion of an English language learner master plan. "That is where the crisis is in our schools."

Wilson said the schools must recognize the "civil rights imperative" to concentrate on the group. 

"There has been some improvement, but we have a long way to go," said board director Josh Daniels.

The BUSD Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 in the second floor chambers of the Maudelle Shirek building, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. This item is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. The meeting is also broadcast on Berkeley Cable Channel 33 and it will be posted on Vimeo.com.

 

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H. Faye Lawson June 27, 2012 at 05:21 PM
It is great to see that Berkeley is staying up on the issues of academic, but the this is a great challenge which I know Berkeley can do I have seen it over the years. Now I have assess that to reach these students you must reach them where they are. There are great need, but working with students I have learned that students need direction in so many areas, because of obstacles such as social, home, lack of support, sociallly,encouragement as well as misunderstanding the systems. Many students need hand on as well as smaller groups and many, many other challenges but I know Berkeley will not stop trying to reach these students until you have reach these students and resolve with positive result. This is all for now, but do not give up...
Deborah A Washington June 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
If your faculty and staff have not changed! They are not aware of the trends in education in grades 8-12 and they still stand on rep and laurels of being a college town elitist district gonna get same result! Not enough blacks or Latinos in the district so really unfortunate just now attempting to deal with this !!! Berkeley should be in hot water because they can address this and make changes! Good civil rights case if a group wants to address it! Another thing Need to show stats on ALL population s White student achievement in decline as well! Good luck to the new supt ! Hope he can bring in new vision new energy new expectations for teachers admins and district folk! Sure Delia gonna try to address it coming from Oakland
Deborah A Washington June 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
If your faculty and staff have not changed! They are not aware of the trends in education in grades 8-12 and they still stand on rep and laurels of being a college town elitist district gonna get same result! Not enough blacks or Latinos in the district so really unfortunate just now attempting to deal with this !!! Berkeley should be in hot water because they can address this and make changes! Good civil rights case if a group wants to address it! Another thing Need to show stats on ALL population s White student achievement in decline as well! Good luck to the new supt ! Hope he can bring in new vision new energy new expectations for teachers admins and district folk! Sure Delia gonna try to address it coming from Oakland

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