Time for Find 5 again…
This week, my exciting, provoking, important, interesting and funny stumbled upon items are listed below. Keeping the idea of equity and inequity in mind, I present to you the following findings:
First fantastic find: the difference between equality and equity. I found this explanation to be excellent.
1. My first link connects to some astonishing information that I found. Educational inequity is apparent early in education.
Studies show a one year gap in ‘school readiness’ between 3-year-olds, and a 15 month gap in vocabulary development between 5-year-olds, in the richest and poorest families. And the gap doesn’t stop there. It continues and widens throughout school and has an impact throughout a child’s life. A program called, “Teach First” based out of the UK claims to have a solution. That’s the hard thing- we get this inequality exists, but what can we do about it!? Teach first trains and supports committed individuals to become inspirational classroom leaders in low-income communities across England and Wales. These classroom leaders change lives. They help young people believe in themselves, and empower them to build a future they may not have believed possible. https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/why-we-exist/what-educational-inequality
2. A huge challenge the US has faced is educating and engaging young learners who fall into social and economic margins. (My main blog post this week reports much more information about this topic, as it is something I feel very strongly about!)
As a teacher, we need to remember to be motivators. How?! Create! Innovate! Collaborate!
3. The Declaration of Independence says that “all men are created equal.” But, how equal is everyone? We aren’t all the same type of learners, so schools need to provide all students, equally, with educational support.
Here’s where equity comes in. The students who are furthest behind — most often low-income students and students of color — require more of those resources to catch up, succeed, and eventually, close the achievement gap.
As teachers, again, we need to Innovate! Create! Motivate!
My school uses an online math program called Dreambox. The students can go on this program at home, and also we often go on in the classroom. Dreambox works to close the achievement gap in Math. It adapts to individual learners through continuous formative assessments. It personalizes instruction from intervention through enrichment. It also provides access and equity for ELL’s.
5. This week as I was reading I stumbled upon some interesting thoughts on the “access gap” amounst racial minorities. Scholars have moved beyond the idea of an “access gap,” and now are looking at a “participation gap.” In many areas of the country, concern isn’t necessarily about access as it is about the quality of time Latino and black youth spend online. This was a gentle reminder, as an educator, to teach the VALUE of technology. We want our learners to be using it for active use, not only passive use.