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Robert L. Vann Elementary: The Achievement Gap of Today & Doris Brevard of Yesterday

Williams, Whitney Gracia (2010) Robert L. Vann Elementary: The Achievement Gap of Today & Doris Brevard of Yesterday. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This paper explores the history of Robert L. Vann Elementary, an elementary school in Pittsburgh's Hill District, which was once one of the highest achieving schools in the city. During Vann's most successful years, Principal Doris Brevard implemented specific procedures and developed rules to ensure that Vann students—who were predominantly black and impoverished—would achieve at the highest level. After Brevard's retirement in 1995, and a series of educational reform laws and practices were put into effect, Vann's success ended. This paper examines why those changes occurred and questions if the practices that principal Brevard once used could be put into place today to close the achievement gap between black and white students.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Williams, Whitney
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRubinkowski,
Committee MemberBernier,
Committee MemberSkrzycki, Cythiaskrzycki@pitt.eduSKRZYCKI
Committee MemberGlasco, Laurencelag1@pitt.eduLAG1
Date: 21 December 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 23 July 2010
Approval Date: 21 December 2010
Submission Date: 30 November 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: achievement gap; Barbara Sizemore; Doris Brevard; education; Effective Schools Movement; Hill District; Pittsburgh Public Schools; Pittsburgh school board; Richard Wallace; Robert L. Vann; Vann Elementary; Vann school closing
Other ID:, etd-11302010-173705
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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