The number of American children living in poverty has increased to approximately 15 million. The effects of poverty impact not just their performance in class, but also their access to important tools like reliable internet access. Educators can attempt to level the playing field and give children in poverty the skills and resources they need to be successful students, but to do this, teachers must have an understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and socioeconomic status.
This course explores the nature of poverty and its effects on child development. It provides teachers with an understanding of poverty, but more importantly, it gives them the strategies and tools they need to create an educational framework to meet the needs of impoverished students.
Carlow University ED 699 • Madonna University EDU 5830.40 • Notre Dame College ED 601 D • The College of Saint Rose EDT 685
The required text for this course is Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen. ISBN 978-1-4166-0884-4.
Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Session/Module 1: What Do Educators Need to Know to Understand the Nature of Poverty?
Session/Module 2: How Does Generational Poverty Differ from Situational Poverty?
Session/Module 3: Why is There Such a Stark Disparity in Academic Achievement Between Socio-Economic Groups
Session/Module 4: What are the Culture and Values of Poverty?
Session/Module 5: What are the Hidden Rules of Social Classes and How Do They Impact Students at School?
Session/Module 6: How Can We Change the Negative Effects that Poverty has on Children’s Brains?
Session/Module 7: Which Policies have the Greatest Positive Affect on the Brains of Students Raised in Poverty?
Session/Module 8: What Does Improvement Look Like from the Classroom Perspective?
Session/Module 9: How Can We Create School Wide Success?
Session/Module 10: Tying it All Together
Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.
On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.
Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI.
Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information.