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UGA College of Education hosts Poverty in Schools workshop at UGA-Gwinnett

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia College of Education will host a workshop on effective teaching methods to reach students from poor and working-class families on May 4 at the UGA-Gwinnett campus. The workshop is targeted to Atlanta metro area educators, counselors and administrators

“The Other Side of Poverty in Schools,” an one-day workshop, will focus on developing research-based teaching practices, reflecting on formative assessments across the curriculum, incorporating social class-related content and formulating ideas for establishing positive relationships with working-class and poor families.

The workshop is part of the CLASSroom Project @ UGA initiative developed by Stephanie Jones and Mark Vagle, associate professors in the college’s department of elementary and social studies education.

Jones is a researcher, professional developer, education consultant and former elementary school teacher. She is the author of the book Girls, Social Class and Literacy: What Teachers Can Do to Make a Difference and co-author of The Reading Turn-Around: A Five-Part Framework for Differentiated Instruction.

Vagle, also a researcher, is a former elementary and middle school teacher and middle school administrator. He is co-editor of the book, Developmentalism in Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education: Critical Conservations on Readiness and Responsiveness. His research focuses on moment-to-moment classroom interactions and how they influence and impact student learning.

The workshop will be held in room 165 of the Intellicenter Building Registration is $125 per participant and ends April 27. Each participant will receive one PLU. To register online or for more information, see