On February 5-6, 2015, in Lansdowne, VA, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation held a national convening of over 100 principals from many of the nation’s top selective public high schools to address the excellence gap in the American education system: the nation’s highest-achieving students with financial need are not receiving sufficient access or support to match the performance of their high-income peers.
A panel of educators, including Dr. Carol Horn of Fairfax County Public Schools, Dr. Jamie Lathan of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Jose Torres of the Illinois Mathematics and Science and Mathematics Academy, and Crystal Bonds, shared promising practices with the audience to better identify, recruit, and prepare high-performing students with financial need for success in selective high schools. Some topics discussed included improving the talent pipeline from local elementary and middle schools, utilizing distance and online education, and subsidizing exam-prep and bridge programs.
Click here for the full recap and video clips of the conference. A clip of Dr. Torres speaking can be found here.