The symposium will address ways teachers, future teachers, teacher educators, and administrators can understand and respond to poverty.
(1) learn about diversity within poverty including systemic and structural classism
(2) become informed about daily opportunities to combat poverty within your sphere of influence and teaching
(3) be provided with resources for families and teachers.
The keynote speaker for the symposium is Dr. Paul Gorski, an Associate Professor, Integrative Studies (Social Justice & Human Rights) at George Mason University. Paul is the founder of EdChange, a coalition of educators and activists providing professional development on educational equity, creating free resources for fellow educators and activists, and modeling a commitment to moving beyond celebrating the joys of diversity and toward equity literacy in schools and communities. His publications include Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap (2013) and The Poverty and Education Reader: A Call for Equity in Many Voices edited with Julie Landsman.