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Flip the Paradigm (Video 3)

Flip the Paradigm (Video 3)

View “Flip The Paradigm,” the third in the three part Education Advantage video series.   The Education Advantage video series: Part 1: The Poverty Paradigm Part 2: Separate But Not Equal Part 3: Flip the Paradigm... Read the full article >
Suggested Reading

Suggested Reading

U.S. Census Report on Poverty The Census Bureau provides poverty data from several household surveys and programs. Here you can find poverty estimates, learn about these surveys and programs, and get guidance on how to choose the right estimate for your needs. Poverty thresholds by year are available here. 10... Read the full article >
The Poverty Paradigm (Video 1)

The Poverty Paradigm (Video 1)

Why do kids have to go to school at the same time everyday? Why do they have to leave school at the same time every day? Why do they have to sit in classrooms in rows for 45 minutes having the exact same homework, the exact same lesson as 29 other kids?... Read the full article >
The Great Escape: Poverty’s Impact on Education in America

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

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 benefits are longer term and... Read the full article >
What Matters Now: Addressing the Nation’s Equity Challenges

What Matters Now: Addressing the Nation’s Equity Challenges

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 concentrated minority demographics, sort students and pass them along using... Read the full article >
The (Dys)function of Empathy – Activating the Right Type of Empathy to Increase Equity in the Classroom

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

“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 wasn’t always comfortable... Read the full article >
The School Finance Perspective on Equity

The School Finance Perspective on Equity

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 some can raise... Read the full article >
Quality Preschool Matters

Quality Preschool Matters

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... Read the full article >
Right From the Start: Scaling Up Early Childhood Coaching

Right From the Start: Scaling Up Early Childhood Coaching

Many school districts and professional development entities use coaches to “tighten the connection between the training they provide in external institutes and teachers’ application of the strategies in their classrooms” [4]. To that end, training coupled with coaching and mentoring opportunities – which involve modeling positive instructional approaches and allow... Read the full article >
Success in School and in Life: It Starts at Birth

Success in School and in Life: It Starts at Birth

Return on Investment According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), early brain development is strongly affected by the child’s surroundings and experiences. Children who have positive, educational early childhood experiences are more likely to experience school success, have higher graduation rates, demonstrate higher proficiency in math and language skills, have better cognitive... Read the full article >