Rafael Gomez organized an excellent Forum Wednesday evening on Poverty and Education. Participants include: Tom Kaplan: Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty kaplan at ssc.wisc.edu Ray Allen, Former Madison Board of Education Member, Publisher – Madison Times Maria Covarrubias: A Teacher at Chavez Elementary mcovarrubias at madison.k12.wi.us Mary Kay Baum: Executive Director; … Continue reading Poverty and Education Forum: Audio and Video Archive
Richard Adams: Children from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special needs may be marked down in critical primary school assessments because of unconscious bias affecting their teachers, according to research published on Tuesday. The research also suggests familiar gender stereotypes – that boys are good at maths and girls are better at reading – may create … Continue reading Children from poorer families perceived by teachers as less able, says study
Lawrence Otis Graham: I knew the day would come, but I didn’t know how it would happen, where I would be, or how I would respond. It is the moment that every black parent fears: the day their child is called a nigger. My wife and I, both African Americans, constitute one of those Type … Continue reading I taught my black kids that their elite upbringing would protect them from discrimination. I was wrong
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Culturally Relevant/Cultural Relevance 40
Measure (including measurement) 28
Special Education 8
ELL 2 (it comes up 45 times, but the other 43 were things like ZELLmer)
reading 7 (of these, three were in the appendix with the existing ‘plan’)
African American 7
Hmong 1 (and not in any of the action plans)
Latino or Latina 0
Spanish speaking or Spanish speakers 0
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The Proposed Strategic Plan, along with some comments, can be viewed here.
Interested readers might have a look at this Fall, 2005 Forum on Poverty organized by Rafael Gomez (audio/video). Former Madison School Board member Ray Allen participated. Ray mentioned that his daughter was repeatedly offered free breakfasts, even though she was fed at home prior to being dropped off at school. The event is worth checking out.
I had an opportunity to have lunch with Madison Superintendent Dan Nerad last summer. Prior to that meeting, I asked a number of teachers and principals what I should pass along. One of the comments I received is particularly relevant to Madison’s proposed Strategic Plan:
- Curriculum: greater rigor
- Discipline: a higher bar, much higher bar, consistent expectations district wide, a willingness to wrestle with the negative impact of poverty on the habits of mind of our students and favor pragmatic over ideological solutions
- Teacher inservice: at present these are insultingly infantile
- Leadership: attract smart principals that are more entrepreneurial and less bureaucratic, mindful of the superintendent’s “inner circle” and their closeness to or distance from the front lines (the classrooms)
I know these are general, but they are each so glaringly needy of our attention and problem solving efforts.
The Economist: Look around the business world and two things stand out: the modern economy places an enormous premium on brainpower; and there is not enough to go round. But education inevitably matters most. How can India talk about its IT economy lifting the country out of poverty when 40% of its population cannot read? … Continue reading The Politics of K-12 Math and Academic Rigor