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Addressing the Gender Achievement Gap

Since 2013, the Foundation has held symposiums and created a committee that has focused on the gender achievement gap. The committee has:
  • Raised awareness of the gender achievement gap problem and formulate solutions.
  • Worked closely with the Superintendent and his leadership team to develop a more targeted approach to decrease the achievement gap in English Language Arts and decrease behavioral referrals for boys.
  • Developed a toolkit to include a “gender equity self-reflection rubric”.
  • Enlisted seven elementary schools this year that will participate in the efforts to reduce the gap – Belcher, Bellaire, Lakewood, McMullen Booth, Sunset Hills, Sutherland and Woodlawn.
  • Helped schools create an action plan that ties to their school improvement plan.
  • Held professional development training followed by classroom site visits.


Thank you Transamerica and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay for grant funding!


In May 2014, we held a four part seminar with Dr. Leonard Sax. His presentations are below.


You may access Dr. Sax’s handouts for each presentation by clicking on the links below.

Featuring: Leonard Sax MD PhD

Leonard Sax MD PhD is a practicing physician, PhD psychologist, and the author of three best-selling books for parents: Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the Edge. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Sax has visited more than 380 schools. In the presentation for teachers, Dr. Sax will share what he has learned about engaging boys in the classroom, so that the same boy who loves football and video games will also love Jane Eyre and Emily Dickinson. In the presentation for parents, he will describe some of the challenges facing girls and boys in the era of texting and Instagram and online video games. The more time a girl spends on social media, the more likely a girl is to become depressed; but that’s not true for boys. How come? Boys are much more vulnerable than girls to the toxic effects of video games. How come? Dr. Sax will answer these questions and others, such as:
  • How much time spent playing video games is too much time, and how do we know?
  • What video games are OK, and which are not, and how do we know?
  • How much should I know, as a parent, about what my child or teenager is doing online?


For information on the previous Education Symposiums, please click here.