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Working With Students in Poverty

by Shenandoah University

This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.

Course Description

January is Poverty Awareness Month. Although one of the wealthiest nations in the world, 51% of students attending public school in the United States are living in poverty. What does it mean to teach and to learn when students are hungry, living without lights and water, or a sense of security? How do we both support students living in poverty and provide an equitable and high-quality education?

These are tough questions to be sure, but as educators, we must grapple with how poverty impacts the education of the students sitting in our classrooms. As such, this course provides you with 31 activities (one for each day) designed to deepen your understanding of this critical issue in P-12 education. Specifically, these activities are designed to help the pre- or in-service teacher:
  • Understand the nature, roots and causes of poverty and what poverty means to those experiencing it;

  • Become aware of ways in which common prejudices and stereotypes can lead to discrimination and the unfair treatment of students experiencing poverty; and

  • Identify changes and improvements which can be made to improve P-12 classrooms and teaching.

There is no set sequence in which the activities must be completed. They can serve as opportunities for extra credit/enrichment for a traditional 15-week course and/or professional development.

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