I am so glad I finally stopped ignoring my emails from the Discussion Board. Little did I know that I would see a question I have been working on all my career pop up.
I want to respond with my own findings in my community. I also wanted to let this group of individuals concerned with the issue know that I am bringing this work to a new fellowship I was just awarded. It is the Campaign for Black Male Achievement Beloved Community Fellowship. YOu can see more on their website at this link.Home | Campaign for Black Male Achievement
This is a powerful discussion. With respect to the literacy gap, the Hart and Risley (2003) research study is important in terms of understanding how children's literacy is often connected to their parents' education level and socioeconomic status. The benefits for eliminating the literacy gaps for children of color are to guide them successfully to attain academic achievement and increase their chances for life-long outcomes.
Reducing literacy gaps is a multifaceted issue that comes with many challenges. But, we should continue to take action and engage researchers, communities, parents and educators in finding beneficial practices and strategies that foster high-quality literacy efforts with all children; especially those who are marginalized. However, it is important to consider other research and tools that promote opportunities for increasing literacy gaps in marginalized communities of children. Wasik and Hindman (2015) identify "several principles" (p. 51) to move the line of demarcation of literacy gaps and move the trajectory of strategies. By sharing the responsibility of educating early leaners who do not have opportunities to grow their vocabulary by 30 million words, and becoming accountable in our efforts for changing the future of every child's educational prospects, we can reverse the statistics permanently for children of color. References Hart, B., & Risley, T. R. (2003). The early catastrophe: The 30 million word gap by age 3. American Educator, 27(1), 4-9.
Wasik, B., & Hindman, A. (2015). Talk alone won't close the 30-million word gap. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(6), 50-54.