Teaching Promising Students Who Live In Poverty. Lisa L. Swope Radford City Public Schools Spring 2013
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Lisa L. Swope
Radford City Public Schools
Based on Conference Proceedings from the National Leadership Conference on Low-Income Promising Learners, edited by Joyce Van Tassel-Baska and Tamra Stambaugh and published by the National Association for Gifted Children and the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary
Rooted, nurtured, optimal conditions creates an easier path to success
Insecure attachment, neglect, less than optimal environment creates obstacles to success
Primed to reach full potential
Unmet needs and undeveloped potential
“Poverty. Oh, it’s the absolute truth. It had to do more with the impact on your self-concept. I wore hand-me-down clothes…It was a struggle just to look nice everyday. You look at folks, and I knew I was smarter than they were, but they had so much more. That was probably one of the biggest obstacles, along with favoritism toward young women with long hair and light skin.
First off it was my mother (who encouraged me) and the fact that she thought education was important and then she instilled that in us. Secondly it had to be my aunt and uncle who valued that and wanted it. And thirdly it had to have been my teachers. Their expectations were high. They were very strict. They demanded a lot. They gave you a lot of love. You knew they really cared about you. Even when they were being what we call ‘mean.’ They were my role models.”
“Fellow citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children, to whom one day you must relinquish all?”