In March 2014, Kent County Health Rankings were released. It found that 23% of children in Kent County live in poverty, up from 20% the previous year; the national benchmark is 13%.
How might our strategies for teaching and relating with families in poverty change if we truly understood the barriers they experience – barriers that have nothing to do with their cultures or their attitudes about school or their desires to learn?
On December 13th and 14th, Paul C. Gorski will provide key insights into those challenges, how they affect the school experiences of low-income students, and how educators can mitigate them by providing equitable, engaging learning environments.
Paul C. Gorski is an associate professor of Integrative Studies in George Mason University’s New Century College, where he teaches classes on class and poverty, educational equity, animal rights, and environmental justice. He has published four books and more than 40 articles in publications such as Educational Leadership, Equity and Excellence in Education, Rethinking Schools, Teaching and Teacher Education, Teachers College Record, and Teaching Tolerance. He continues to publish and present in education-focused forums on topics including white privilege and racism, anti-poverty education and economic justice, and multicultural organizational transformation.
In his book, Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty, Dr. Gorski draws from decades of research to deconstruct popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students. He carefully describes the challenges that students in poverty face and the resiliencies they and their families draw upon. Most importantly, this book provides specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching youth by creating equitable, bias-free learning environments. Written in an appealing conversational tone, this resource will help teachers and school leaders to better reach and teach students in poverty.
This blog post was written by Julie Mushing, Diversity Consultant for Kent ISD; and, it was edited by Amanda Walma, Professional Learning Coordinator at Kent ISD.