I am a teacher at an inner-city school region with a large, diverse population of students with special needs from low-income families. The students at our school are eager learners looking to find a safe and secure place to learn. Many of our students are from immigrant families from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and other South American countries that are faced with many challenges. Our school provides a home for a diverse and cultural community. Many of our students participate in the Head Start Program.
Our school looks to promote diversity and inclusion in a Title I school in which our students come from diverse backgrounds such as very low-income families, at many times below the poverty line.
Ninety percent of our students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Our school is located in the heart of one of the lowest socioeconomic neighborhoods where many parents do not speak English. Within my classroom, I also have several students that are English Language Learners as well as special needs students with a variety of challenges such as ADHD and learning disabilities. These conditions can make it difficult for students to learn and they can benefit from any aid or assistance.
Our gifted students are special needs students that need to be challenged especially with the technology of the future. They come from low socioeconomic homes where they do not have access to computers in order to complete projects or other homework tasks. Our school population is also so large that there are not enough computers available for every class, making it difficult for students to get experience with the latest technology available. These students do not know how to conduct research projects or participate in STEM exploration because of their inexperience with technology.
With a laptop computer, our special need gifted students will be challenged with the ability to learn about technology and create STEM projects that they have never seen before.
These students will find enjoyment in being engaged in advanced technology that extends their learning opportunities in a new way.
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