Closing America's High-achievement Gap: A Wise Giver's Guide to Helping Our Most Talented Students Reach Their Full Potential

This intriguing book makes a powerful case for a sorely needed U.S. educational improvement that has been almost entirely overlooked. In this practical guidebook, savvy school-reform philanthropists will be introduced to scores of programs and institutions that can pull talented students of all ages, races, and income levels up to their full natural capabilities. More

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About Andy Smarick

Andy Smarick is a partner at Bellwether Education, a non-profit working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. He previously served as deputy commissioner of education for the state of New Jersey, and as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. During a stint as a White House Fellow, he drafted a report on urban Catholic and other faith-based schools, entitled Preserving a Critical National Asset. In 2012 his book The Urban School System of the Future was published. Earlier in his career, Andy helped launch a college-prep charter school in Annapolis, Maryland, for underserved boys and girls. His articles on education have appeared in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Education Next, National Affairs, Philanthropy, and other publications.

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