Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About ItEric Jensen

Poverty presents unique challenges to students and teachers alike, and chronic exposure to poverty can even result in detrimental changes to a student’s brain.

Chronic stressors, cognitive lags, and safety concerns can all detract from a student’s ability to learn in a classroom. Author and veteran educator Eric Jensen demonstrates in his best-selling book how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.

Throughout this online program, participants will examine how poverty hurts children, families, and communities, and contribute to thought-provoking dialogues about real-world implications of chronic poverty. You will learn how to transform your classroom into a rich learning environment and create caring relationships that will benefit your students academically and emotionally.

Jensen’s book Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It provides effective, real-life examples of how schools have enriched the minds and lives of all their students.

There are no easy answers to the problems of chronic poverty, but during this PD session you and your fellow educators will take a close look at the effects of poverty and review what some districts have done to improve the standing of their low-SES students.

Note: This course is not currently offered on our open enrollment calendar. To schedule a custom session for your school or district, please contact Professional Development Specialist Bonnie Williams at 1-800-767-9090 or email bwilliams@centerforlearning.org.

Performance Outcomes and Deliverables

Participants completing the Professional Development coursework will be able to:
  • Identify the six types of poverty identified in the book and determine which is prevalent in their school
  • Describe how poverty affects students’ behavior and academic performance
  • Implement strategies to increase fluid intelligence
  • Conduct a self-assessment of teaching practices

Graduate Credit

Registration for graduate is available after the course begins. Contact customer service (1-800-767-9090) for more information.