Examining: Students in Poverty: Building Genius (6.24-8.21.20)


:         June 24 - August 21, 2020
Course #:  EDMA 288:619

In this 3-credit hour, self-paced course, participants will learn exactly how to motivate, energize and focus their students from poverty to improve engagement, cognitive skills and achievement.

Students from poverty can be one of the most difficult populations to motivate and inspire.  The consequences of living in poverty often result in increased transience, absenteeism, and high drop-out rates.  The conditions and daily stress of living in poverty can leave students hopeless and disaffected.  While engaging any student can improve academic achievement, students from poverty are some of the most vulnerable among us and engaging them will not only improve their academic achievement, but may very well change their futures. 

This class is available for License Renewal, Graduate Credit, Paraeducator or Audit credit.

Course Materials/Required Text:

Text: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement (2013) by Eric Jensen.

It can be purchased through local bookstores or ordered online.

Due to page and publication differences between the hard copy and electronic versions of the text, the Kindle edition is NOT recommended.


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