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  • Lift for Life Academy
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The reward of teaching at an inner-city charter school is working with the students I get to serve, the restriction comes in the form of funding and a lack of resources that other schools may take for granted. These books are core curriculum texts for World Literature, where currently our classroom only has enough for one class set which stays at school and a second class set which can be sent home with students only from one out of the four classes of World Literature I teach. My goal is to have 80 copies of both texts, which would mean each student gets to check out their own copy of the text for the entire unit. Currently, almost all of the reading we do as an English class can only happen inside of the classroom because students can't take a copy of the novel home to do assigned reading. The majority of our students enter high school 3-4 years behind in literacy, and it is my job to give them every support in place to not only bridge the literacy gap, but develop lifelong readers. This begins with building reading habits that are sustained outside of the classroom. If each student had their own copy of the core curriculum text, not only would they benefit by developing reading habits outside of class, but this would allow me to dedicate class time to enriching lessons based on the text instead of losing lesson time every day to read the books during class because they don't have the resources to do it anywhere else. This barrier in our English classroom is an example of the lack of equity in education, where a student's education is directly impacted based on the neighborhood they come from. It's our duty to give them equal opportunity.

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The reward of teaching at an inner-city charter school is working with the students I get to serve, the restriction comes in the form of funding and a lack of resources that other schools may take for granted. These books are core curriculum texts for World Literature, where currently our classroom only has enough for one class set which stays at school and a second class set which can be sent home with students only from one out of the four classes of World Literature I teach. My goal is to have 80 copies of both texts, which would mean each student gets to check out their own copy of the text for the entire unit. Currently, almost all of the reading we do as an English class can only happen inside of the classroom because students can't take a copy of the novel home to do assigned reading. The majority of our students enter high school 3-4 years behind in literacy, and it is my job to give them every support in place to not only bridge the literacy gap, but develop lifelong readers. This begins with building reading habits that are sustained outside of the classroom. If each student had their own copy of the core curriculum text, not only would they benefit by developing reading habits outside of class, but this would allow me to dedicate class time to enriching lessons based on the text instead of losing lesson time every day to read the books during class because they don't have the resources to do it anywhere else. This barrier in our English classroom is an example of the lack of equity in education, where a student's education is directly impacted based on the neighborhood they come from. It's our duty to give them equal opportunity.

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