Moving beyond color: addressing four barriers and implementing strategies to achieve equitable learning opportunities for all students in urban public school systems
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This different type of dissertation, written in the form of a monograph, and includes an article developed from the author's chapter, the last chapter in the monograph that examines the issue of equity as it relates to gifted and talented education in urban school system, one of the more pressing concerns that urban school systems must begin to address as student bodies become more diverse and instructional staffs remain the same. The remaining monograph consists of chapters written by former members of the Kansas City, Missouri Senior Leadership during the Covington's Administration whose work contributed to efforts to transform the district through the implementation strategic endeavors designed to foster improved student achievement. These chapters were written from individual expertise and align to authors' respective roles, duties and responsibilities as members of the superintendent's cabinet. The chapters have as a primary focus Right Sizing, Student Centered Learning, and Equity and Access in relation to Gifted and Talented Education. The monograph concludes with a general commentary on leadership and teamwork as key factors in accomplishing various initiatives in an urban school system where ineffective systems may have become so ingrained until virtually nothing can be done to improve student achievement.
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