Understanding poverty

“Understanding Poverty: Its Impact on Children and Schooling” is the subject of the 2011 Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center.

Dr. Bethanie Tucker, who has worked with students of all ages since becoming an educator in 1972, is the guest speaker. After teaching reading at the elementary education level, she became a Title I instructor, teaching “Reading Through Art” to struggling readers in second through seventh grades. She has also taught and coordinated classes for gifted students and at Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

Dr. Tucker field-tested building letter-sound associations through the use of hand signs, an outgrowth of her numerous experiences including American Sign Language study, observation of struggling young readers, and researching ways to monitor more precisely how the minds of children work. Her book, Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading, grew out of this work. She has also written Reading by Age 5 and Understanding and Engaging Under-resourced College Students.

Dr. Tucker earned her EdD and MS at the University of Virginia and her B.S. at Averett University. Her husband, William, and she live in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Now in its twentieth year, the Rosel Schewel Lecture in Education and Human Diversity is brought annually to the campus and community by an endowment established by Elliot Schewel in honor of his wife. The purpose of the event is to help educate citizens and focus discussion on a topic that is important to all Americans.