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Confronting the universal disbelief that poor children can achieve at high levels


by Paul Kelleher & Beverly Hall — 2006

One of the findings that we found fascinating was the variety of sources of energy and the courage that kept our authors going when confronted with obstacles that might be insurmountable to many. As you read Beverly Hall’s story, you will feel the passion that she brings to her superintendency, passion that is fueled by her beliefs—belief in poor children’s ability to learn at high levels and belief in her staff that they can make it happen.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 13, 2006, p. 29-48
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18506, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:05:58 PM

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  • Paul Kelleher
    Trinity University
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    PAUL KELLEHER, Murchison Distinguished Professor of Education and chair of the education department at Trinity University, is an expert on social issues involving schools and relationships between schools and the community. He has written about hiring and supervising school administrators and school budget contexts. He is a former public school superintendent and principal at the high school and middle school levels.
  • Beverly Hall
    Atlanta Public Schools
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    BEVERLY HALL is the superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools
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