Closing the Achievement Gap with Productive Struggle


Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 11.58.42 AMIn this session for the Assessment for Learning community, presenter Philip Lanoue PhD,  discussed the effectiveness of productive struggle as well as its challenges, and illustrated how Clarke County has engaged students and teachers in productive struggle.  He shared how productive struggle has helped to close the achievement gap with Clarke County School District being named the state’s top “Title I Distinguished District” for its impact on closing the gap.  Over half of Clarke County Schools had higher scores this year from last year on the 2013 Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) that measures schools and school districts on a 100-point scale.  Kristina Patel, an 8th grade math teacher in Dr. Lanoue’s Clarke County, also discussed everyday tools and ideas on how to promote productive struggle in the classroom.  Dr. Lanoue and Kristina were joined by Aoife Dempsey, CTO of Triumph Learning, who shared how Waggle, a new personalized smart practice program, supports productive struggle.  The discussion included pitfalls and challenges of productive struggle, how productive struggle impacts grit, how to set up productive struggle for success, what tools and resources support productive struggle, and examples of individual and group/classroom productive struggle.

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Assessment for Learning is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides ideas and resources for teachers to help them with instruction and real-time, formative assessment. The best practices, which are researched-based and relatively easy to introduce into the classroom, can have a tremendous impact on student achievement.  This program is sponsored by Triumph Learning.

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