San Francisco school finds key to raising math scores: Teacher training

“Professional development is crucial. Classroom support is crucial. So he had teachers undergo training on how to encourage family involvement, be sensitive to cultural differences rooted in students’ racial and ethnic backgrounds and to praise students’ good behavior. The school now has a social worker and therapist on site, after-school programs, mentoring programs and a family room and washer and dryer available for homeless families, all intended to help children and families experiencing poverty in a city with one of the highest costs of living in the country. In 2014-15, only 18 percent of students met or exceeded the state math standards. In 2016-17, 35 percent did.”

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