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Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Cognitive Gap


In an article originally published on The Learning Counsel and recently reprinted on Edcircuit, Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning Company writes…

As educators and education policymakers seek to understand and remedy the achievement gaps, much attention is paid to the concept of equity. A variety of inequities have been identified as impediments to students having the opportunity to achieve their potential. Disparities in per-pupil spending, teacher experience, and technology and other resources are well-documented and top of mind. A less visible disparity, and one that connects directly to student learning is highlighted by contemporary neuroscience research – cognitive development.

Neuroscience research reveals important facts about the development of the brain and the cognitive processes involved in learning. The evidence is striking and has significant implications especially for economically disadvantaged students and students with learning disabilities. And what it tells us is that we can do much better at helping these students reach their potential.

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