Measuring Equity – “Segregation and the Underrepresentation of Blacks and Hispanics in Gifted Education: Social Inequality and Deficit Paradigms”

This weekend, I spent a great deal of a beautiful day sitting in Gifted and Talented Training. Though I did not give my facilitators much to work with, I managed to learn a few things. Continue reading “Measuring Equity – “Segregation and the Underrepresentation of Blacks and Hispanics in Gifted Education: Social Inequality and Deficit Paradigms””

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Supporting First in Family – “How first-generation students learn to navigate education systems: A case study of First Graduate”

“As Stanton-Salazar wrote, ‘Success within schools . . . has never been simply a matter of learning and competently performing technical skills; rather, and more fundamentally, it has been a matter of learning how to decode the system.’”

As an undergraduate student, I had the distinct pleasure of working for Breakthrough Fort Worth. As a summer math teacher, I still remember trying to challenge Octavio mathematically, telling the Tiger Team about UT, and encouraging students. Because I was transitioning from being a student of the program to a teacher, I knew how fun and helpful Breakthrough could be from my own experience. Seeing the power of a non-profit program firsthand helped me to connect with “How first-generation students learn to navigate education systems: A case study of First Graduate”. Continue reading “Supporting First in Family – “How first-generation students learn to navigate education systems: A case study of First Graduate””

Unpacking Support Systems – “First Generation College Students: Motivations and Support Systems”

As an AVID Coordinator, I’ve spent a great deal of time wondering what mystic potion I could brew that would be the perfect balance of support and independence to safely transport my students from high school graduation in the Spring to the main mall of their chosen college campus in the Fall. But, sadly, like many first generation students across the country, my students have to work very hard to earn the right to set foot on a college campus and even harder to persist through the first year of college. As I discussed this with my wife this week, she encouraged me to revisit the research and “come back when I had a plan”. That gentle admonishment directed me towards “First Generation College Students: Motivations and Support Systems”.  Continue reading “Unpacking Support Systems – “First Generation College Students: Motivations and Support Systems””