With or without NCLB, the achievement gap is something that we all, as educators committed to helping our children, have a tremendous role and responsibility in closing. Without an honest and open discourse, however, finding and addressing the major factors influencing the achievement gap within our own classrooms, schools, districts, and communities, it is difficult to implement change. Teachers enrolled in this course will be guided through a close and collaborative examination of the practices and needs particular to their places of work. We will collaborate in scrutinizing data, teaching trends, and student perception to arrive at an understanding of what we can do to help close the gap not only as educators within a given classroom, but as potential leaders among colleagues and students in setting standards of practice that promote achievement for all.