Each year at its national conference, The Education Trust honors schools that serve large numbers of children of color and those from low-income families that educate their students at high levels. The organization’s 2010 “Dispelling the Myth Award” went to four schools that, like those honored in previous years, demonstrate that schools can help children overcome the barriers of poverty and discrimination.

Such schools serve as an inspiration to educators around the country. But I would argue that they need to be more than just heartwarming, inspiring stories — they should be sources of information that can help all schools succeed as they do.

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