Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

The Great Escape: Poverty’s Impact on Education in America

By Ebbie Parsons, Ed.D.

Sociologists have studied the household structure of students from impoverished backgrounds and how their families' needs to focus on immediate basic needs such as food and shelter have put them at a tremendous disadvantage as it inhibits their ability to prioritize education given that the...

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What Matters Now: Addressing the Nation’s Equity Challenges

By Elizabeth Foster

Every day across the country, students encounter wide and troubling variations in their school experiences. Some schools and school systems thrive by applying the latest learning science research and using evolving technologies. Others, frequently located in communities of poverty or...

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The (Dys)function of Empathy – Activating the Right Type of Empathy to Increase Equity in the Classroom

By Amanda Janssen

"Another type of teacher empathy I saw was one that sought to understand the 'why' behind success and failure and then invested in the student accordingly. The teachers who used it were driven to understand each student as an individual so that equitable accommodations could be made. It...

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The School Finance Perspective on Equity

By Ross Rubenstein, Ph.D.

A critical starting point is to recognize that equity is not synonymous with equality. In fact, equity is often very much at odds with equality because equality may represent unfairness. For example, would it be fair for all school districts to receive equal state or federal funding when...

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Quality Preschool Matters

By Ashley Preston, M.Ed.

Mark* entered preschool at three years old with limited verbal skills, behavior challenges, and a lack of basic social skills. I will never forget the day he climbed into the sand table and contently sat there playing and exploring. It was evident that he had a long way to go before he was...

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