Examining: Poverty in Our Backyard is a 1 credit hour, Self-Study/Instructor-Guided course that examines the cumulative effects of poverty-related stress on students and what educators can do about it. As poverty continues to increase in our communities and more and more students in our classrooms come from low-SES homes, it is important for educators to understand the effects poverty can have on their students and their students’ school success. Participants will first learn about stress-based factors that cause very real physiological changes in both the brains and bodies of low-SES students causing them to lag behind same-age peers. Next, participants will examine strategies, activities, and programs that provide the behavioral and cognitive supports low-SES students need for success, as well as models for providing family support. Finally, participants will have a chance to develop a plan for their classroom or school that implements and/or integrates changes that will positively support low-SES students and families.
There is NO book required for this class.
This class is available for License Renewal, Graduate, Paraeducator or Audit credit.