For years the education system has worked to address disparity in outcomes for different student groups. We've known this disparity as the achievement gap
, and more recently and accurately as the opportunity gap
. But so far, significant national, state, and local efforts have done little to actually close the gap and increase equity for students across the board.
In this episode, Julia Freeland Fisher
, Director of Education at the Christensen Institute
and author of the essential Who You Know
, sheds light on the underlying reason that these efforts have fallen short. When it comes to student opportunity, the research shows what most of us have seen throughout our lives: "It's not what you know, it's who you know." Or, more accurately, it's both.
Julia shares research-rich insights on the pivotal potential of student social networks
and how schools can unlock innovations that can close the gap for good.