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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.
- 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