Closing the Achievement Gap with MAX Teaching

It has been more than ten years since No Child Left Behind legislation was put into effect in order to reduce the achievement gaps existing between public school students of wealth and those of poverty, gaps that also parallel race and ethnicity just because of the nature of our social and economic structure in America. Yet little has changed! The gaps reported in the 2011 Nation’s Report Card were virtually identical to those gaps that existed in 2002, and even in 1992 when the measurements were first made. The reasons for the persistence of the achievement gaps are complex and numerous, yet what MAX Teaching teachers do in the classroom has proven to significantly improve the achievement of students over time.

What are the causes of the gaps?

What happens in classrooms to solve the problem, and what happens in classrooms that exacerbate the problem?

What does the research suggest about the methods of MAX Teaching and the development of learning skills?

Why should teachers of mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies, and other technical subjects want to know about MAX Teaching methods?

Why does MAX Teaching have a track record of closing the gaps in all sorts of schools, from elementary to middle schools, to high schools, and career-technical schools?

These are the questions that are answered in Closing the Gap.

The central instructional emphasis in the Common Core State Standards, currently adopted by 46 states, is the employment of literacy-based instruction in all content classes to achieve:

  • College and career readiness,
  • Higher-order thinking, and
  • Access to life-long learning skills …


Things will need to change. The culturally normative model of instruction has proven inadequate for a significant majority of students nationwide, and especially so for children of poverty. Helping teachers see the need for change, and helping them see that the change will actually improve their success in teaching is our specialty. We model how teachers can easily put into effect what research shows works:

  • Intrinsic motivation to learn,
  • Daily focus on how to learn,
  • Formative assessment and feedback,
  • High levels of engagement and interaction with others, and
  • Higher-order thinking.

Most importantly – students are more engaged in a MAX Teaching classroom!

Download the whole article: Closing the Gap



MAX Teaching with Reading and WritingMAX Teaching with Reading and Writing

Classroom Activities for Helping Students Learn New Subject Matter While Acquiring Literacy Skills.



MAX Teaching in ActionMAX Teaching in Action

Classroom Demonstrations of Reading & Writing Activities that Help Students Learn New Subject Matter while Acquiring Literacy Skills. (Set of 4 DVDs)