Students of color educated in high poverty urban schools have traditionally experienced low achievement. However, there are some high poverty schools serving large concentrations of students of color that achieve high levels of academic performance. What if we can identify these systems and structures in the high achievement schools that have been shown to produce a positive impact on academic performance by facilitating effective strategies in the classroom and within the school itself? To address this topic, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Shaana Berman about her dissertation, Overcoming a Legacy of Low Achievement: the systems and the structures in a high performing high poverty, California elementary school. Shaana is a board-certified behavior analyst with over 20 years of experience, working directly with children who have autism and other conditions that impact behavior and learning. She has extensive training in early childhood and special education applied behavioral analysis, developmental assessment, curriculum, design, IEP, and training teachers to deliver effective instruction to diverse populations of students.
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