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ERIC Number: EJ972299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
No More Lost Ground
Beck, Christine S.
Educational Leadership, v68 n7 p37-40 Apr 2011
High-achieving kids from low-income families too often fall into the achievement trap; as they progress up the grades, their academic performance falls, and they are far less likely to remain star students than are middle-class or wealthy high-achievers. So says the first U.S.-wide analysis of high-achieving students from poor families (published by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation). The Gesu School, a private K-8 Catholic school in Philadelphia, tackled this problem by developing an enrichment program for their low-income 3rd through 5th grade students identified as top achievers. In a 5-week summer session, these "Youngest Scholars" are challenged to research in-depth content related to stimulating learning topics (like ancient Egypt and ocean life), prepare creative presentations of that research, and plunge into public speaking and challenging writing assignments. During the school year, they participate in weekly after-school and pull-out enrichment sessions, read and discuss--in seminar format--novels above their grade level, and enjoy mentoring and occasional field trips. (Contains 2 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States