Mary E. Horvath


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process. Course: EDT 110



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Research shows that many students who experience poverty and systemic oppression also experience an opportunity gap in schools. Families are stuck in a cycle in which they do not obtain as many educational opportunities in school, therefore do not receive as many job opportunities, and then their children go through the same thing. Every child has big dreams so how can schools help those who are stuck in this cycle achieve them? One important factor is the teachers. Teachers who bear high expectations, obtain a close connection with their students, and have cultural knowledge can all greatly impact the students’ outcomes. Other significant factors include access to high-level courses, extracurriculars, integrated classrooms, and stability.

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Course Project

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Vanessa G. Winn

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Teacher Education


Stander Symposium project, School of Education and Health Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education; Reduced Inequalities

How Schools Can Help Students Who Experience Systemic Oppression be Successful in Achieving Their Dreams