Thanks to a groundbreaking study, we now know what it takes for public schools in any rural or urban environment to help kids experiencing poverty and those of color achieve academic success and create the foundation for students to successfully contribute to our society.

This should give us hope and confidence that working strategically and thoughtfully, we don’t have to accept that a high percentage of these students are going to be left behind. But we won’t get there unless our schools learn the lessons from the 38 rural and urban schools from elementary to high school that have found innovative ways to see sustained progress by these students.

Rufus Woods

Rufus Woods

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