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Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap
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In this interactive workshop we ask, “What would our strategies and initiatives for strengthening learning conditions for students experiencing poverty be if they were based, not on simplistic stereotypes, but on deep understandings of the barriers and inequities weighing on them in and out of school?" After a process of building these, we will explore instructional, relational and leadership strategies. These strategies are grounded in evidence for what works as well as a commitment to equity.

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When: Thursday, October 25, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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SAI Office
12199 Stratford Drive
Clive, Iowa  50325
United States
Contact: Cyndi Petersen
515-267-1115

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Year after year schools and districts implement strategies for boosting the educational achievement of students experiencing poverty. Year after year educational outcome disparities barely budge. This is mostly because we keep adopting strategies that do not address the root causes of the disparities. In this interactive workshop we ask, “What would our strategies and initiatives for strengthening learning conditions for students experiencing poverty be if they were based, not on simplistic stereotypes, but on deep understandings of the barriers and inequities weighing on them in and out of school?" After a process of building these deep understandings using the equity literacy framework, case studies, and other interactive tools, we will explore instructional, relational, and leadership strategies. These strategies are grounded in evidence for what works as well as a commitment to equity. 

Participants will leave with:

1. A deeper understanding of the root causes of educational outcome disparities based on an equity view rather than a deficit view of people experiencing poverty;

2. Research-grounded instructional, relational, and leadership strategies, not only for making small changes to bigger inequitable systems, but for adjusting the systems with an equity view;

3. Activities and exercises that can be adapted for use in their own classrooms, schools, and districts; and

4. Strategies for challenging colleagues’ uninformed and damaging views of families experiencing poverty.

Facilitator: Paul Gorski, Ed Change