Reach and Teach Students in Poverty: Strategies for Closing the Opportunity Gap


Speaker: Paul Gorski

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People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.
John C. Maxwell

As good as our intentions may be, we cannot close the opportunity gap unless we are willing to consider the hidden biases, misconceptions and incomplete understandings we bring to our interactions with students and families living in poverty.

Children from low-income families face many challenges and disadvantages in and out of your classroom. They must cope not only with the subtle prejudices of fellow students but also of teachers and administrators who harbor their own often unconscious or unexamined attitudes about poverty. Research has found that these hidden beliefs influence how we engage with children in poverty and diminish our effectiveness in closing the achievement gap.

Do you want to review and challenge your beliefs so that you can better support your students from low-income families?

Join Paul Gorski, author of Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap, for a thought-provoking webinar that will give you a valuable opportunity to evaluate your opinions and attitudes from an educational equity framework and perspective.

Paul will explore how taking a structural view rather than a deficit view of poverty helps you better serve students and families by avoiding misinterpretations of their behaviors and misguided attempts to help them.

Building on this conceptual shift towards poverty in school, Paul will lead participants in a more practical and applied conversation on the research-grounded instructional and relational strategies you can use to support students and families.

Webinar Topics:

  • The important differences between the achievement gap and the opportunity gap
  • Common stereotypes, misconceptions and biases–Subtle class biases in school materials and policies
  • Putting the focus on equity literacy–How the Equity Literacy framework can help you become an equity-literate educator
  • Changing beliefs, attitudes and behaviors
  • Replacing a deficit conception with a resilient conception
  • Popular teaching practices that undercut rather than advance the educational achievement of low-income students
  • What you as an educator can do to create a more equitable learning environment and provide more opportunities to low-income students

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    The knowledge survey was excellent. I was able to be more involved and I had the opportunity to see what others thought as well. I enjoyed this webinar more than any others I have attended.

    Stascia Hardy, Liberty County, Georgia

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About the Speaker

Paul Gorski

Paul Gorski is an associate professor of Integrative Studies in George Mason University’s New Century College, where he teaches classes on poverty and class, educational equity and human rights.

He recently led the design and development of the new Social Justice and Human Rights undergraduate and graduate programs at George Mason. Paul is a Research Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and serves on the board of the International Association for Intercultural Education. He has been an active consultant, presenter, and trainer for nearly 20 years, conducting workshops and providing guidance for schools and community organizations committed to equity and diversity.

He created and manages the Multicultural Pavilion, an award-winning website focused on critical multicultural education. The author of Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap, he has published more than 50 articles and 7 other books on social justice issues. Previously, he taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland, Hamline University, and the Humane Society University.


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