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Members of the Promoting Excellence for All: State Superintendent's Task Force on Wisconsin's Achievement Gap share stories from their experience closing achievement gaps in Wisconsin schools.


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Sam Carter, Principal
Robinson Elementary School (Beloit)

It's a people business.

The trust comes from not giving up...



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Demond Means, Superintendent
Mequon-Thiensville School District

Not my classroom, but our classroom.

What you expect from the organization is truly your signature.

You have to give people a tangible goal.



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Theresa Morateck, Teacher
Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy (Milwaukee)

You have to teach all the kids.

Tiered system.

Vocabulary gaps and the need to know your kids.

Meet your students where they are.

Building trust takes a lot of effort.

The need to challenge students.

Close reading.

Parents as experts.



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Jill Schmoldt, Instructional Coach
Westside Elementary School (Sun Prairie)

We're digging in.

Teaching students "how to do school."

It’s not on the classroom teacher alone.

Connect it to their dream.

Lesson length and active engagement.

Building trust and understanding.


The above audio clips were produced by Wisconsin independent journalist Ed Janus.