Thursday, 2 March 2017

Poverty and the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

10MT | Superintendent Anael Alston Shares His Thoughts in Episode #24 for Thought Leader Thursday

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Dr. Anael Alston @DrAAlston talks about common misconceptions that educators have about students in poverty. Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael “Dr. A” Alston is an award-winning educator and serves as Superintendent of Schools of the Hamilton Central School District in Hamilton, NY. Prior to that, he was the principal of the Robert M. Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, New York and principal of Great Neck North Middle School in Great Neck, New York. Dr. A is passionate about leadership, service, and all things public education.

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Our Topic

In today’s show, we discuss how teachers should approach teaching students who are in high-poverty situations. This is important because Anael argues that many thoughts about students in poverty are off-base. In today’s show we discuss:

  • The mindsets and attitudes students need for success
  • How educator expectations are an essential ingredient of student success
  • The importance of relationship with students
  • Anael’s advice for what teachers should do daily to adjust their thinking and prepare to teach students from poverty or any difficult situation

I hope you enjoy this episode with “Dr. A.”

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Born and raised in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Anael “Dr. A” Alston is an award winning educator and serves as Superintendent of Schools of the Hamilton Central School District in Hamilton, NY. Prior to that, he was the principal of the Robert M. Finley Middle School in Glen Cove, New York and principal of Great Neck North Middle School in Great Neck, New York. Dr. A is passionate about leadership, service, and all things public education.

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