Commitment to “Closing the Achievement Gap”

Doug Goodale is an educator committed to supporting programs that help all students succeed academically.  Goodale recognizes that there are many factors that cause the achievement gap between students from different racial or economic backgrounds and he has been committed to narrowing this gap throughout his teaching career.  In order to expand upon his background knowledge and instructional strategies, Goodale completed a Master’s program for educators at Seton Hall University and also enrolled in graduate courses at Bard and Wesleyan Universities.  In addition to his advanced academic studies, Goodale volunteered as a tutor at the Neighborhood House in Morristown, and in the summer of 2013 Goodale taught English to fifth and sixth grade students in the SEEDS program.  SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a comprehensive educational program for students from low income families in the upper-elementary that is designed to provide them with the necessary academic background, skills, and habits to be accepted into private preparatory secondary schools in New Jersey.   Students in the SEEDS program have made great strides that they never believed possible and have been accepted to competitive schools like Delbarton.