ECHOES FROM THE GAP

About This Series

Written by playwright-researcher Brooke Haycock, this Ed Trust series, Echoes From the Gap, puts front and center the stories of students. These are the young people behind the numbers we look at in our districts, offices, and states, those whose lives are deeply affected by — even determined by — their educational experiences.

We share their stories with respect for their privacy, by changing names and omitting details of place when appropriate. And, with respect for their words, whenever possible, we let those words speak for themselves. We do, though, attempt to zoom out from individual student experience to students generally, integrating existing national data to draw larger connections to key issues educators and advocates grapple with as they work to improve schools.

The Writing on the Hall

Over the past 12 years, Ed Trust playwright-researcher Brooke Haycock has walked countless hallways in high-poverty high schools across the country stenciled with words about knowledge, freedom, and power. But those powerful quotes are made a mockery when the other signals educators send students — unintended as they may be — convey a very different set of messages about what students can do, what they can be, and what the world will demand of them. The first in our Echoes from the Gap Series, "The Writing on the Hall" explores this juxtaposition with clarity and insight.

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The View From the Lighthouse

The second installment in our Echoes From the Gap Series, "The View From the Lighthouse" lays bare student perspectives on what really matters when it comes to creating high-quality schools.

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Butterflies in the Hallway

Following a young man named Cornelius through school, from the moment he fell in love with reading in kindergarten to the day he dropped out of school 12 years later, “Butterflies in the Hallway” offers educators an opportunity to examine the often gradual process by which students disengage from schools — and educators from students — and spark conversations about how schools can systemically break what has become a too common narrative that somehow never quite tells the full story.

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Catching Butterflies

“Catching Butterflies,” the fourth installment of Ed Trust’s Echoes from the Gap series, shares these student experiences with the intent of helping educators in both alternative and traditional settings reflect on how their approaches to teaching can affect students’ motivation, their beliefs about themselves as learners, and their preparation for the world outside the classroom.

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About This Series

Written by playwright-researcher Brooke Haycock, this Ed Trust series, Echoes From the Gap, puts front and center the stories of students. These are the young people behind the numbers we look at in our districts, offices, and states, those whose lives are deeply affected by — even determined by — their educational experiences.

We share their stories with respect for their privacy, by changing names and omitting details of place when appropriate. And, with respect for their words, whenever possible, we let those words speak for themselves. We do, though, attempt to zoom out from individual student experience to students generally, integrating existing national data to draw larger connections to key issues educators and advocates grapple with as they work to improve schools.