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2011 C.A.R.E. Guide: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps

NEA Guide for Educators

The 2011 edition of the C.A.R.E. Guide contains student activities, educator reflection opportunities, and video clips of experts sharing research and practice tips for educating culturally diverse students and students from low-income families.

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C.A.R.E.: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gaps offers strategies for improving the learning experiences of diverse students, especially those who are struggling to achieve at high levels. It focuses on four factors that affect student achievement: Culture, Abilities, Resilience, and Effort (C.A.R.E.).


Look at cultural differences by learning about the cultures that students bring to school - their everyday experiences - and connect these experiences to what is taught.


Recognize the abilities students have learned in their homes and communities that do not show up on standardized tests, but can contribute to academic success.


Cultivate resilience in students to help them persevere in school, despite repeated failure or discouragement they may have experienced in their environment.


Find out how students who are difficult to motivate are motivated outside of school and bring those interests inside the schoolhouse where they can be used to direct students toward academics.



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