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Friday, July 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Expectations and Opportunities: Fostering Deep Student Relationships to Drive Responsive Planning and Instruction LIMITED

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The expectations that teachers set are a critical part of closing the opportunity gap in education. Low expectations fail to give students a chance to succeed; high expectations without individualized support set students up for failure; and both perpetuate inequalities by influencing teachers’, administrators’, and policymakers’ sense of student incompetence. This session has two objectives: first, to help teachers imagine ways to more deeply know their students’ interests, skills, cultural resources and past educational experiences; and second, to effectively translate these relationships into rigorous expectations and meaningful learning experiences. Together, participants and facilitators in this session will form a “community of practice,” discussing together research-based strategies and examples from our classroom experiences around expectations, relationships, and instruction. As a group, we will workshop how these thought processes apply to participants’ particular schools and classrooms. Participants will walk away with resources and strategies for connecting expectations built for specific students to rigorous, culturally responsive lessons and units.


Glen Casey

Glen E. Casey is a current student at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Urban Studies and Minoring in Urban Education with a concentration in Policy, Research, and Practice.  Growing up in inner city Philadelphia as an African American male, Mr. Casey came to understand the relationship between the urban environment, education system, and long term life outcomes through working with other high school students in the areas of... Read More →

Andrew Schiera

Andrew J. Schiera is a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania studying teaching, learning, and teacher education. His research interests seek to understand how students, teachers, and researchers can all be positioned as co-teachers and co-learners, conscious critics, and engaged activists towards socially just practices and purposes of education.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Mr. Schiera was a social studies educator at... Read More →

Friday July 18, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm

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