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Closing the Attitude Gap
By Baruti Kafele
Principal Kafele is sharing resources with you on a regular basis to help you in your work as a school leader. You’ll find a link to many of them at the conclusion of this post, but among the best resources he’s produced is his 2013 work Closing The Attitude Gap.
In it, Kafele poses this question: what if the achievement gap isn’t the only gap we’re dealing with? What if there is another gap that is even more defining?
It’s in exploring that question that Kafele discusses the real reason for many of our students lack of achievement– an attitude gap. To close the attitude gap, Principal Kafele says that educators can achieve remarkable results by focusing on five areas:
- The teacher’s attitude toward students
- The teacher’s relationship with students
- The teacher’s compassion for students
- The learning environment
- The cultural relevance of instruction
Closing The Attitude Gap is a practical journey through those five areas focusing on what you and the educators at your school can do make a difference in the attitude that your students have about themselves, each other, and in school as a whole.
You’ll enjoy the book and you’ll also grow by learning from Principal Kafele who shares resources across many media platforms. You can find him at the following:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/principalkafele (where he frequently broadcasts on Facebook Live)
You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bkafele