Peabody Reflector
A World of Hurt

Can the achievement gap in education be bridged? A look at factors contributing to this seemingly intractable problem.

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Far Away, Distant Learning: The Rural Achievement Gap

The rural achievement gap must deal with issues relating to distance as well as poverty.

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Is the Answer YES?

Peabody alumnus Chris Barbic is reversing trends with his charter school network in Houston, Texas.

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Jumping the Gap: Two Success Stories

Peabody student Jamie Graham and alumnus David Pérez have risen above circumstances to create a better life through education.

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Illustration by Amanda Warren

From Trepidation to Triumph

Substantial investments in Peabody’s strategic plan, continuing success in the recruitment of nationally prominent faculty who garner ever-increasing external funding, and growing numbers of stellar students have propelled Peabody to the level described in our vision of 10 years ago.

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Ginger Irwin, BS’77, MS’79

A number of visually impaired girls were on my floor [in Gillette Hall]. Because of meeting and knowing those ladies, I realized that a visual impairment was not going to stop them from doing what they wanted to do.

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Ana Lopez, BS’99

We are trying to counteract what I call the three main issues of our community—high dropout rates for our population of girls, high gang involvement rates and very, very high teen pregnancy rates.

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From the Dean

Of students who enter college, the gap in completion rates between minority students and their white peers is about 20 percentage points, with only about 40 percent of minority students graduating within six years.

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