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Create Success!: Unlocking the Potential of Urban Students


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For far too long, disadvantaged students in urban environments have believed the fallacy that academic success is unattainable. Why? The unfortunate answer is that too many urban school systems preemptively declare underperforming students to be failures, a practice that fosters dysfunctional classrooms that fail to motivate, engage, and inspire students to succeed.

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Rigorous Expectations and Rewards

About the authors

Kadhir "Raja" Rajagopal has been an educator since 2004. He is currently an algebra teacher at Grant Union High School, a low-income comprehensive urban high school in Sacramento, California. 

He is also an instructional coach for teachers in the Twin Rivers Unified School District and has taught in middle and high schools in East Oakland, Calif. 

Rajagopal was named a 2011 California Teacher of the Year.

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