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The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers

The Home Library Effect: Transforming At-Risk Readers | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

Teacher Justin Minkel says a project he launched to get more books into the homes of his students has had a profound effect on their academic progress and connection to reading.

"The ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is 13 books to one child, while in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is one book to 300 children.

This "book gap" is easier to erase than the more complex barriers involved in poverty. Richard Allington found that giving children 12 books to take home over the summer resulted in gains equal to summer school for lower-income children, and had twice the impact of summer school for the poorest of those children."

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Educational Leadership:Poverty and Learning:The Myth of the Culture of Poverty

Educational Leadership:Poverty and Learning:The Myth of the Culture of Poverty | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it

"There is no such thing as a culture of poverty. Differences in values and behaviors among poor people are just as great as those between poor and wealthy people"

"The socioeconomic opportunity gap can be eliminated only when we stop trying to "fix" poor students and start addressing the ways in which our schools perpetuate classism."

 

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How zoning policies affect student achievement

How zoning policies affect student achievement | Education-Caitlin | Scoop.it
Communities pursuing inclusionary housing policies and socioeconomic school integration programs are demonstrating that we don’t have to accept rising economic segregation as inevitable.

"This finding comports with a wide body of research indicating that low-income students perform better in middle-class (and higher-achieving) schools than in high-poverty (and lower-achieving) schools."

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