The Economic Implications of Closing the Achievement Gap: Education, Social, and Economic Alignment

By Carol A. Dahir and Carolyn B. Stone.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Worldwide, educators, economists, sociologists, school counselors, among others are seeking ways to provide equitable access and success for all students especially those who are traditionally underserved. Nations are considering the enormous cost and drain on resources when the educational achievement, opportunity, or information gap is allowed to continue. Not completing the equivalent of a high school education has significant economic and social implications in the United States and globally. School counselors can no longer passively react to the challenges facing schools and youth; it is time to take action and accept the challenge of contributing to the epidemic of non-school completion.

Keywords: Achievement Gap, Economic Impact, Successful Case Studies

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.219-232. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 615.939KB).

Dr. Carol A. Dahir

Professor, Counselor Educator, College of Education, New York Institute of Technology, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Carol Dahir Ed.D., is associate professor and coordinator of School Counselor Education at the New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Dahir works extensively with state departments of education, school systems, school counselor associations, and national organizations on developing, implementing, and evaluating comprehensive school counseling programs. She served as the project director for both the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards development and Planning for Life and continues to focus her writing, research, and presentations on excellence, accountability, and continuous improvement for school counselors. She is a past president of New York State School Counselor Association and served on the governing boards for the American School Counselor Association and the National Career Development Association.

Dr. Carolyn B. Stone

Professor, College of Education, School COunseling, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Dr. Stone has been a Counselor Educator at the University of North Florida since 1995 where she teaches and researches in the area of school counselors and accountability and legal and ethical issues. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Stone spent 22 years with the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida where she served as a middle school teacher, elementary and high school counselor and Supervisor of Guidance for 225 counselors. Dr. Stone served as the 2006 American School Counselor Association’s President and currently is in her sixth year as their Ethics Chair. She is a past President of the Florida Counseling Association and the Florida Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. Carolyn has delivered over 400 workshops in 48 states and 14 countries. Her professional path in elementary and high school counseling, middle school teaching, Supervisor of Guidance for the nation’s fifteenth largest school district, and counselor educator has prepared her with first hand experience and understanding of the professional world of school counselors.


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