Jeta Donovan ’15 and “Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning”

Jeta Donovan ’15 (Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Learning) was recently quoted in The New York Times article “Overcoming Poverty’s Damage to Learning.”

Donovan helps teachers establish rules and procedures, set expectations, and use techniques like “class builders” or “relationship building lunches” to foster trust. She helps teachers practice de-escalating and redirecting negative student behavior by modeling respect, rather than falling back on power. For instance, if a student is not lining up for lunch, a logical consequence is to require the student to take time from lunch to practice lining up, not to threaten to call the student’s mother.

Read the full article.

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