Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap

Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap

with Paul Gorski

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center - University of Southern Maine - Portland, Maine

Thank you to our event sponsor Bernstein Shur


How would our equity efforts change if we worked toward a deeper understanding of the barriers and inequities with which students and families experiencing poverty contend? In this interactive and awareness-building workshop, we will explore these barriers and inequities, how they operate, and how we might perpetuate them unintentionally in our classrooms and schools. Our goal is to see how, when we are not vigilant in our equity approach, school policies and practices favor the most economically privileged students while disadvantaging students whose families are experiencing poverty. We will discuss evidence-based strategies for effectively removing the barriers and, as a result, more effectively engaging and supporting students experiencing poverty. We will specifically focus on instructional, relational, and leadership strategies that have proven effective both in mixed-class and in high-poverty schools. We will also examine the damaging impact of deficit perspectives about people experiencing poverty, and consider how to shift ourselves and our colleagues from these deficit views to equity-based views.

  • $49.00 per person for ISANNE Members

  • $99.00 per person for Non-ISANNE Members 


Paul Gorski

Paul is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has 20 years of experience helping educators strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools, and districts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited  twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including  Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and  Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education(with Seema Pothini). He is the author of the  Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. 

Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years. 

He is also a published poet, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and the biggest fan of Buster, his cat.


Wed, 12/04/2019


Abromson Center - University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04101


ISANNE Member - Paul Gorski Presentation

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