KEYNOTE: Uncommon Sense, Uncommon Success: Turning Any High-Poverty School into a High-Performing School

Wednesday February 16, 2022
9:00 - 10:15 AM
Great Hall

Recognizing the uncommon success of high-poverty, high-performing schools, the authors Bill and Kathleen will present a compelling case for making such success more common. Revealing new insights drawn from their recent study of 12 diverse, high-poverty, high-performing schools, they will inspire conference participants to take immediate action in their own schools. Participants will explore the Framework for Collective Action, including ten key strategies designed to provide a roadmap for rethinking current practices and reimagining what is possible in a high-poverty school.

More specifically, participants will gain fresh perspectives on the critical importance of integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into schoolwide processes, developing a common understanding of excellence in instruction, and enhancing support for the mental health of students and the adults who serve them. Most importantly, attendees will emerge with an understanding that the uncommon success of the schools studied was driven by, and can only become more common in all schools, through an unwavering commitment to equity in practice evidenced first, and foremost, by recommitting to each student’s success.

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