The Opportunity Gap in Schools

I recently gave a short talk at NC State as part of a new event called TUFFTalks*.  Here is the video of that talk.  It is 16 minutes long and is a shorter version of a talk I have given at many schools. At the heart of this talk is the question about our assumptions regarding how we ‘group’ our students and the impact this has on student social, emotional, and educational outcomes.  The theme of the TUFFTalk was Think and Do, which is a motto at NC State.

I hope you have the time to watch.

Thanks!

valerie

Here is a link to the article reviewing the TUFFTalks at NCSU from the student newspaper, The Technician

THIS JUST IN – Here is a link to an article about the work of NC State’s Patricia Marshall, Jessica DeCuir-Gunby and Allison McCulloch. It addresses the topic of mathematics and multiculturalism in young learners.    Take a look if you are interested in learning more about eliminating the opportunity gap!

*Our NC State Mascots are named Mr. and Ms. Wuf and our LIVE wolf mascot is named Tuffy.  That’s where the name TUFFTalk came from.

 

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Author:valeriefaulknermathclub

I am a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Elementary Education department at NC State where I specialize in Math Methods. I went to Duke where I earned a B.A. in Anthropology and played on the Golf Team. I have an M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in mathematics education, both from NC State. My interest in Math waned in middle and high school. But when I began to support high school students in math as part of my job as a special educator, I became interested in the cultural and instructional aspects of mathematics. And now, 20 years later, that's pretty much all I think about. But I do love to swim, garden and, with my partner Jenn, watch our backyard bees make honey which they store in their hexagonal spaces--see 'the isoperimetric problem' or take a look at this website: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artsep98/hexagon.html

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14 Comments on “The Opportunity Gap in Schools”

  1. Julie
    March 29, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    This was awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  2. julie827
    March 29, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    This was awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Chris Cain
    April 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Very nice VAL!

  4. Matt Hoskins
    May 12, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    This should be required viewing for all educators!

  5. Dana Bassett
    May 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed this. Makes you really second guess a lot that we do on the elementary level.

  6. Cece
    May 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    It was a refreshing way to see things in perspective. It was based on such real world connections that I feel that it will stay with me always.” Let’s become who we want to become”:..perfect sentiment 🙂

  7. Allison Landry
    July 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    Such a powerful tool for all educators!

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