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Introduction: What is Detracking?

The Shaker Heights City School District is proud of its commitment to Inclusive Excellence and educational equity, and, to that end, has focused on creating heterogeneous and inclusive classrooms in Grade 5-8, also known as “detracking.” 
 
Detracking into heterogeneous classrooms is beneficial for all students, allowing for positive peer interactions and facilitating the distribution of resources more equitably. Combining courses can accelerate the growth of students who were previously placed in lower track courses, without negatively impacting the achievement levels of students who were previously placed in higher-track courses.
 
Detracking does not remove programs such as IB Diploma Programme (IB-DP), Advanced Placement (AP), College Credit Plus (CCP) or Career-Technical Education (CTE) courses. Instead, detracking aims to increase the number of students who are prepared for each of these High School course pathways.

Recent Events

The Shaker Heights City School District was pleased to host a series of upcoming events, titled “Superintendent’s Series: Detracking.” Families, staff and community members are invited to learn about the District’s commitment to educational equity and its detracking efforts at these informational events. 
 
These events were not livestreamed, but were  recorded and will be posted on this webpage.
 
Perspectives on Detracking: A Panel Discussion
 
This panel, moderated by Superintendent Dr. David Glasner, featured:

  • Dr. Marcus Campbell, Superintendent of Evanston (Ill.) Township High School District 202
  • Dr. Amanda Yurick, Associate Professor in Special Education at Cleveland State University
  • Dr. John Moore, Shaker Heights Schools Director of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Karlee Robinson, Shaker Heights Middle School Seventh-Grade Math Teacher
  • B’Lise Bradley, Shaker Heights High School Junior
  • Madeline Moore, Shaker Heights High School Junior
Watch the recording below to hear the panelists perspectives and experiences with detracking. The panel also includes a Q&A session.


 
Detracked Math: An Immersive Experience

Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Math class as students and experience how differentiation can serve different students in the same lesson. Simulations closed with a discussion Q&A.

Watch the recording below to view the Math class simulation and Q&A.



Detracked Language & Literature: An Immersive Experience
 
Attendees had the opportunity to participate in a Language & Literature class as students and  experience how differentiation can serve different students in the same lesson. Simulations closed with a discussion Q&A.

Watch the recording below to view the Language & Literature class simulation and Q&A.