Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Conference Set on Poverty-Stricken Classrooms

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Conference Set on Poverty-Stricken Classrooms

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City University Education Department is offering a conference March 25 to help future school teachers prepare for working with students who face poverty.

It is the fifth year for the Connecting Across Cultures conference.

"The goal of this project is to prepare future teachers with knowledge, understanding and strategies to best support their students who live in poverty," said Laura Wilhelm, who taught in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

According to Oklahoma Kids Count 2011, 23 percent of children in the state live in poverty and 12 percent live in high-poverty areas.

OCU's teacher education director Liz Willner said teacher preparation programs should prepare candidates to teach all students, as opposed to using a one-size-fits-all approach.

"Classrooms include students with differences in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion and sexual orientation," she said. …

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