Children are coming to schools from homes that suffer poverty in increasing numbers. The effects of poverty impact their performance in class. Educators can level the playing field and give children from poverty the skills they need to be successful students by understanding the relationship between academic achievement and low socio-economic status.
In 2011, the federal poverty level for a family of four in America was $22,050. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (nccp.org 2011) twenty one percent of American children, or over fifteen million children come from households that are poor. In reality, we know that this number is quite low and that families making significantly more then that are still struggling. With unemployment and under-employment still effecting a great number of Americans the number of children coming to school enduring deprivation is continues to rise.
This course will explore the nature of poverty and its effects on child development and learning. It provides teachers with an understanding of poverty, but more importantly gives them the strategies and tools they need to create an educational framework to meet the needs of impoverished children and help them succeed in school.
Graduate Participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional Development participants 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.
Commack, NY 2017
12/1-3 & 12/15-17
Tarrytown, NY 2018
1/12-14 & 1/26-28
York, PA 2018
5/4-6 & 5/18-20
Clarks Summit, PA 2018
5/4-6 & 5/18-20
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 Courses are 13 weeks in length.
Face-to-Face Course courses are held Friday evening from 6pm-9pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8am-6pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:30am- 5:30pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district or school to ensure that all requirements are being met.
Check the Partner University area of our website for specific course tuition.
Students are to purchase their own textbook. Click “Textbook List” for information.
Professional Development 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.