What does it take to provide an equitable, just, and moral education to all of our children? One of the ways we can do so as educators is to work toward closing the opportunity gaps present for our students. In this recent article in Phi Delta Kappan, several high schools that have had success with closing opportunity gaps. What are they doing? Two somewhat straightforward things: "broadening and enriching learning opportunities (in particular, enrolling all students in challenging courses) and creating and maintaining a healthy school culture (including the use of discipline approaches that resist the trend of pushing students out of school)." These are things we want all of our Catholic schools to be doing, not just because it will make our schools high quality but because it is the morally right thing to do for our students, our children, our communities. Check out the Schools of Opportunity site described in the article for more information on successful schools engaged in these practices.
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