Should a child's zip code define his or her opportunities for success in school and in life? Of course not! But in reality, "Rich Schools = Rich Brains" and "Poor Schools = Poor Brains," unless Title I leaders make choices that change the energy. Dr. Bone's presentation examines the background knowledge or schema about poverty and brain development (briefly, but carefully) and then proposes 8 different comparisons between curricular and social opportunities that are routinely found in wealthy, advantaged public schools (or private ones) and seldom found in high poverty counterparts. That is interesting, but Dr. Bone will then propose 8 "swaps" or suggestions to replicate the advantageous practices in less expensive, yet productive ways. Practices in literacy, creativity, socialization, parent engagement, geography, STEMS, the arts, and mentoring will be explored. A "rich brain" gets that way through experiences. Why not give all brains those experiences in cost effective ways?
Linda Karges-Bone, Ed.D. is a professor in the School of Education at Charleston Southern University, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she prepares future teachers and writes frequently for educational and parenting journals and other media. Dr. Bone is also the director of Education InSite, a consulting firm. She has trained thousands of teachers at the graduate and undergraduate level and done workshops and keynotes in 36 states. The author of 29 books, including Differentiated Pathways of the Brain; Breaking Brain Barriers; More Than Pink and Blue: It Is the Gray that Matters; Brain-Framing: Instructional Planning With the Brain in Mind. Dr. Bone is also host of a national radio program on parenting.