Our hearts are broken daily as we watch so many students struggle with trying to meet basic needs. Food scarcity, homelessness, lack of good medical care, safe neighborhood…it goes on and on and our children, and consequently our society, are suffering terribly.
In their book Disrupting Poverty, Kathleen Budge and William Parrett provide teachers with years of research and classroom know-how to form strategies that fight against the eroding power of poverty. They discuss the hallmarks of high achieving poverty schools which include caring relationships and advocacy, high expectations and support, commitment to equity, professional accountability for learning and the courage and will to act. Voices of experience from those who have âmade itâ out of poverty to become successful adults will merge with tried and true classroom and school practices are examined.
Stand by Me: Connecting Our Children in Poverty with Hope takes what Budge and Parrett present in their book and places it within the context of the educator who is taking the class. Participants will learn what it means to live in poverty, and the toll it takes on the student, family and society. Participants will be asked to delve into their own consciousness and experience to determine how they can combat the effects of poverty and set up high-achieving classrooms. The importance of relationships, rigorous curriculum and different learning approaches will be explored. Participants will examine methods proven to be effective in high poverty/high achieving schools and will be given the tools with which to implement these in their own classrooms and schools.
This 3-credit hours course is presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are expected to access the course and post regularly (at least once a week) and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules.
Budge, K. M., & Parrett, W. H., (2018). Disrupting poverty: Five powerful classroom practices. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
It can be purchased online or through local bookstores.
This class is available for License Renewal, Paraeducator or Audit credit.