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2009AGIConferenceReport6-30-2010web - The Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University

2009AGIConferenceReport6-30-2010web - The Achievement Gap Initiative (AGI) at Harvard University

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HOW HIGH SCHOOLS
BECOME EXEMPLARY
WAYS THAT LEADERSHIP RAISES
ACHIEVEMENT AND NARROWS GAPS
BY IMPROVING INSTRUCTION
IN 15 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS
2009 AGI Conference Report


CONTENTS
1. Introduction ........................................................................................ 1
2. Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School ......................... 39
3. Brighton High School ........................................................................ 49
4. Brockton High School ........................................................................ 57
5. Worcester Technical High School ...................................................... 75
6. Amherst Regional High School .......................................................... 87
7. Boston Latin Academy .................................................................... 101
8. Randolph High School ..................................................................... 111
9. Lynn English High School ................................................................ 123
10. Naperville Central and North High Schools (Session A) .................. 131
11. Naperville Central and North High Schools (Session B) .................. 141
12. TechBoston Academy ...................................................................... 151
13. Paint Branch High School ................................................................ 163
14. Thurgood Marshall Academy .......................................................... 173
15. Manor New Technology High School .............................................. 183
16. Lee High School ............................................................................... 195
HOW HIGH SCHOOLS
BECOME EXEMPLARY
WAYS THAT LEADERSHIP RAISES
ACHIEVEMENT AND NARROWS GAPS
BY IMPROVING INSTRUCTION
IN 15 PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS
2009 AGI Conference Report


CONTENTS
1. Introduction ........................................................................................ 1
2. Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School ......................... 39
3. Brighton High School ........................................................................ 49
4. Brockton High School ........................................................................ 57
5. Worcester Technical High School ...................................................... 75
6. Amherst Regional High School .......................................................... 87
7. Boston Latin Academy .................................................................... 101
8. Randolph High School ..................................................................... 111
9. Lynn English High School ................................................................ 123
10. Naperville Central and North High Schools (Session A) .................. 131
11. Naperville Central and North High Schools (Session B) .................. 141
12. TechBoston Academy ...................................................................... 151
13. Paint Branch High School ................................................................ 163
14. Thurgood Marshall Academy .......................................................... 173
15. Manor New Technology High School .............................................. 183
16. Lee High School ............................................................................... 195

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Source:  Calculations by the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, using
unpublished data from the Massachusetts Department of Education. The Massachusetts
Department of Education bears no responsibility for any errors or omissions.

FOUR KEY LEADERSHIP GROUPS

Nearly a decade ago a few teachers and administrators started work on an
ambitious school‐wide literacy initiative and enlisted every teacher in every
department as participants. The school relies on four key groups (described in
Exhibit 4.4 below) to spearhead its literacy initiative and to choose and
implement its annual focus, Ms. LeFort, associate principal for curriculum and
instruction, shared.

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