Poverty is a prevalent theme in many client narratives, often overshadowing its distinct impact on their lives. This webinar will delve into deficit ideology and the systemic factors sustaining poverty, particularly the educational challenges stemming from the intersection of poverty, race, and class. Participants will gain insight into recognizing the manifestations of poverty in client life stories and acquire tools to help articulate a more inclusive understanding of experiences, enhancing their advocacy efforts.
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Paul Gorski is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange. He has 25 years of experience helping educators, nonprofit workers, and others strengthen their equity efforts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. He also is the research director of the Equity Literacy Institute, conducting and collaborating on research and other scholarship related to maximizing the transformative potential of equity efforts. 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). Paul spent nine years on the board of directors of the National Association for Multicultural Education and five years on the board of the International Association for Intercultural Education. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years. He is also a father, a published poet, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and the biggest fan of Buster, his cat.
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