Closing the Achievement Gap

Empowering Educators

Inspiring Our Youth

OUR MISSION

CREATING AN INNOVATIVE, INSPIRATIONAL VISION IN EDUCATION

Our mission is to develop, publish and distribute research-based training materials created to empower educators and parents to raise the academic performance of historically underperforming students.  We are making a difference in the efforts to close the academic achievement gap. We strive at being an effective source of research-based print and media products for educators and parents who want to help low achieving students to become more successful in school.

Cover of African American History Presentation Video Lesson Plan

African American History Presentation Video Lesson Plan

Authors: Dr. Rex Fortune and Rex Fortune III

Release Date: March 2022

Book Description: This teacher lesson plan book for contains African American history presentations using videos integrated with a lesson plan for middle school and high school teachers.Four key questions frame the lesson plan.This book is not designed as a separate course, rather as a supplement to existing instructional programs.The lesson plan includes QR codes and links to 6 history videos, compelling questions, and engaging student activities addressing reconstruction, African American achievements. and reparations for African Americans. Students will demonstrate their understanding of aspects of African American history through the analysis of four key questions.

Book Price: $20.00

The book is available at the following online retailers:

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Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do- 2nd Edition book (2018)

Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do, 2nd Edition

Authors: Dr. Rex Fortune, Dr. Dominic Zareki and Rex Fortune III. Edited by Robert Graswich.

Release Date: March 2022

Book Description: The Second Edition of Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do includes 11 examples of K-12 high performing public schools which serve mostly African American students. The book argues that school district leaders with low performing schools should consider what these high performing schools do in their planning to reverse the on-going trend of relatively low academic performance of African American students.

Included in the “Solution Chapter” is the rationale for state legislation to provide funding for students who are low performing, but who may not qualify for current funding for low income students. Also included in that chapter is the actual legislative language which were under consideration by the California State Legislature. The book contains other supporting research on this topic.

The answers are revealed in 134 pages (printed book edition) of meticulous research, successful strategies, and on-site visits to gap-closing, California K-12 public schools.

Fortune's engaging and revealing conversations with:
1) Administrators who are strong, dedicated leaders - focused on educating each student.
2) Teachers who share their proven practices in achieving student success.
3) Parents who prioritize learning, in school and at home, and are cheerleaders for their children's progress.

Examples of data included in the book are:
1) Detailed data on the 11 California public schools chosen for their high achievement while serving predominantly African American student populations.
2) Tables and charts on gap-closing, high minority schools.

Book Price: $30.00

Bridging the Achievement Gap: What Successful Educators and Parents Do, 2nd Edition book is available at the following online retailers:

BookBaby.com Amazon Barnes&Noble

Samples of our Workshops and Presentations

Interested in booking Fortune and Associates at your next workshop, event or interview segment? Contact us at rcfortune9@yahoo.com.


Fortune and Associates' workshop presentation to Sacramento Office of Education on Family and Community Engagement and Bridging the Academic Achievement Gap

Dr. Fortune's interview with Comcast Newsmakers on Closing the Academic Achievement Gap

Dr. Rex Fortune Video

Parenting Practices Academy

The Online Parenting Practices Academy provides a resource to empower parents to become more involved in creating an environment that results in improved attendance, positive and interactive behavior.  The Parenting Practices Academy curriculum encourages a partnership between parent and child to tackle academic challenges together.

The Online Parenting Practices Academy provides a strategic plan that allows parents, students, educators and administrators to prepare students for success within a college setting, for life skills and a successful career.

Engaging in the Online Parenting Practices Academy videos, allows parents to understand the importance of how their interactions with their children in the home directly affect and impact the academic progress of their children at school. 

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Watch the DVD trailer!

Watch the trailer for our Parenting Practices DVD, available on this website in Spanish or English, and Streaming Video in both languages!