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Friday, September 29 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Achieving Unprecedented Growth: Overcoming Challenges for Marginalized Students LIMITED

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Unhappy with historically poor reading results for low-wealth and Hispanic students in an otherwise high-performing school district, PAUSD took bold steps to prioritize marginalized students who were not thriving within the existing system tailored for advantaged students. In a remarkable journey, PAUSD fought to replace a popular curriculum designed for privileged students, navigating through a contentious adoption process.

Amidst challenging politics, the unwavering Board of Education made a resolute decision to adopt a new curriculum that effectively addressed the gaps in the old system. In the first year, every K-2 teacher underwent training in Orton Gillingham (OG) strategies during curriculum pilots, which were later complemented by the implementation of the new curriculum in the second year.

The results were nothing short of extraordinary. i-Ready assessment data demonstrated unprecedented growth, and the forthcoming CAASPP scores have the potential to surpass those of the entire state of California. Join us to discover how the Board of Education united to overcome opposition, even when their individual beliefs varied on the path forward. Experience the transformative power of "hockey stick" growth, as we celebrate our remarkable journey of progress.

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Dr. Don Austin

Superintendent of Schools, Palo Alto Unified School District
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Todd Collins

Board Member, Palo Alto Unified School District

Friday September 29, 2023 2:00pm - 2:45pm PDT
Regency F 4th Floor
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