It is a mistake to assume that all members of the school community understand the nature of the achievement gap challenge. Getting stakeholders focused on the achievement gap is a challenge regardless of the demographic profile of a school, district, or community.
At NECC, I visited several booths that dealt with the open source software movement. (See my previous post.) I had been using Firefox, an open source browser, for quite a while. I had also just begun to use Mozilla, an open source mail client.
The Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE) seeks to promote greater participation of underrepresented groups in the sciences and to encourage academic excellence for all. It's where I learned lots of ways to use technology to interest my students -- girls in particular.
Several years ago, I was in Africa with teachers from places that were just pinpoints on the globe to me. There were participants from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Latvia, Macedonia, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and more.
I have been working in educational technology for a long time. I was a teacher who discovered the magic of using technology, and so please know my stance is not political -- unless you think only in red and blue.