DearColleague.us

Letter

From: The Honorable Chaka Fattah
Sent By: jared.bass@mail.house.gov
Date: 10/21/2013

The NEA in collaboration with Congressman Chaka Fattah

Invite you to a discussion about

“Closing the Opportunity Gap:
What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance”
By Kevin G. Welner, JD, PhD

Wednesday, October 23 at 1:00p.m.
2456 Rayburn HOB

What is Needed in Today’s Classrooms?
Exploring Ways to Improve Our Classrooms
For our Most Vulnerable Students

Background
Professor of Education and Director of the Colorado University-Boulder National Education Policy Center (NEPC), Dr. Kevin Welner will present research examining the opportunity gap in access to education in the U.S. today.

The “opportunity gap,” as opposed to the more commonly studied “achievement gap,” is caused by a number of indicators in and outside of school that impact whether a child will have a fair access to education in the U.S. These factors include: poverty and economic inequality; the well-being of children and families (well nourished, well trained, well equipped); adequacy of school resources; investments in community needs; access to high-quality early childhood education; narrowed focus on high-stakes testing; school accountability; exposure to strong math, science literacy skills and college preparatory classes; teacher quality; and financial access to education and related factors. The discussion will focus on gap indicators and how to overcome obstacles to children’s achievement in education.