2-Day Workshop: Understanding and Eradicating Socioeconomic Inequities in Education: The Equity Literacy Approach
Featuring Dr. Paul Gorski (Founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and edchange.org)
What would equity and justice efforts look like in schools if they were informed by deep and clear understandings of why poverty and educational outcome disparities exist? In this workshop, led by Dr. Paul Gorski, we will apply a critical lens to many popular explanations of class differences, often driven by deficit ideologies, presumptions of grit and resilience shortages in families experiencing poverty, and saviour mentalities that mask the actual causes of class disparities. Then, using the equity literacy framework, we will develop and practice applying an approach based on understandings of the nature of economic injustice and all the ways it infiltrates educational policies and practices. The approach will be intersectional, considering how class disparities are informed by racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression.