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Brain-Bridging Across Gaps: Our Approach to Meeting the Needs of High-Poverty and EL Students at Jere Whitson Elementary

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In a school with high poverty and more than half of its students receiving EL services, a number of gaps are likely to exist in language and vocabulary, culture, college and career planning, socio-economic circumstances, and mindset. The keys to bridging these gaps lie in developing relationships and providing opportunities that allow all stakeholders to grow in their appreciation of individualities and recognition of transferable skills. Learn about how our collaboration with local partners, our ongoing efforts to integrate technology equitably in instruction, and our teachers’ willingness to courageously invest in students’ brains and lives has helped to bring various opportunities to bridge the sometimes otherwise formidable gaps that can contribute to their inability to succeed.