Research shows the cumulative effects of poverty can create very real and devastating changes to the human body and mind that in turn become barriers to academic success. Based on the book Teaching with Poverty in Mind by educator and brain expert Eric Jensen, Through Poverty’s Lens investigates what poverty is; its connection to the social/emotional development, stress levels, cognitive lag, and health/safety challenges seen in low SES students; how those challenges affect academic success; and what communities, schools, and teachers can do to improve those students’ academic success and achievement.
This course takes an in-depth look at the debilitating and cumulative effects poverty has on students. Specifically how the effects of poverty on stress levels, social/emotional development, health, and cognitive development interfere with academic achievement. Each of these topics is investigated and participants will learn and analyze and apply strategies and interventions that accommodate each of the four major challenges faced by low SES students in order to help them overcome barriers to learning.
It is for 3-credit hours.
This class is available for License Renewal, Graduate, Paraeducator or Audit credit.
Course Materials/Required Text:
Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do about It (2009) by Eric Jensen
Limited copies are available through AEAs and libraries or may be purchased at local bookstores or on-line.