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By using common sense steps like building stronger relationships between parents and schools as well as developing a clear cut curriculum, large school districts can make great strides in closing achievement gaps. That's what author and educator Heather Zavadsky says in her book, Bringing School Reform to Scale: Five Award-Winning Urban Districts. But can it be that easy? And how factors like language barrier and poverty affect how districts tackle those gaps? We talk with Heather Zavadsky about putting those steps to work.

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Heather Zavadsky, author and Dir of Research and Implementation, Texas High School Project

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