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I was a low-income college student. Classes weren’t the hard part.

First-generation college students can feel out of place when they first arrive on campus, where there may be norms and cultural expectations with which they are unfamiliar. Rather than expecting students to figure this out on their own, what can colleges and universities do to understand the culture and context that these students are coming from and create more inclusive environments? In this thought-provoking article from the New York Times, sociologist and Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Anthony Abraham Jack draws on his personal experiences as well as on his research to discuss the challenges that low-income students often face in these situations.

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   10 minutes

   By: New York Times

   Educator-prep | K-12 educators

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Principled Innovation asks us to work with others and recognize the limits of our own knowledge so that we can better understand and tackle the complex issues our communities face.

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