Socio-economic barriers often determine and limit the trajectory of a student’s academic success. Heartbeat confronts these challenges head on, both in practice and content.
In content, we enable students to reflect on the ways in which differences in socio-economic background inform their learning experience. These insights enable students to take ownership over their learning process and make choices better suited to their individual needs.
Additionally, these insights will inform how teachers develop differentiated learning strategies best suited to each student’s needs, from the choice of texts, to allowing students extra time to eat before class and other related accommodations. These factors enhance the sense of belonging and the ability to build trusting relationships that are integral to the Building Blocks of a successful school environment.