Learning Solutions

Learning Solutions
Tony Austin
EDU 695
Dr. Alan Belcher
September 2, 2013

          The instructional problem is, “What avenues can be used to close the achievement gap?” Based on the reviewed research literature, I formulated five separate solutions to the instructional problem from each of the five perspectives within the context of a diverse community of learners.
    In order for school improvement to be effective, there must be a comprehensive plan of action that responds to the school population’s exclusive needs. For this plan of action, the first step involves all dimensions of the school to be thoroughly analyzed. Teacher leaders must realize that among stakeholders, the ideas concerning teaching and learning and students are radically different. Consequently, schools must formulate a collective idea. For low-income and minority students, dynamics that can affect how well a student achieves include an idea for the academic progress of the students, how well the teachers understand the student population’s needs, the school setting, role of the teacher, and the assessments, curriculum, and instruction used.(Beecher & Sweeny, 2008).
    To close the achievement gap based on a curriculum perspective, two essential questions must be addressed:
1. What primary components of curriculum and instruction make it possible for a school to transform from a failure to a success?
2. In what way can teachers alter the paradigm of remedial instruction and put an emphasis on the academic strengths of their students as a way to close the achievement gap and improve student learning?
To answer these questions, parents, teachers, members of the community, and school staff must collaborate to formulate a multiyear school improvement plan. This collaboration should be built on the assumption that when there is a clear-cut mission to reverse underachievement in minority students who are low-income, a greater chance exists for...