Examining: Through Poverty's Lens

http://isealearning.org/ , Iowa
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Examining: Through Poverty's Lens
Poverty is about more than being low on cash and it affects students more deeply than being made fun of for not wearing the latest fashions or not owning the newest iPhone. In fact, research shows the cumulative effects of poverty can create very real and devastating changes to the human body and mind that in turn become barriers to academic success.

Based on the book Teaching with Poverty in Mind by educator and brain expert Eric Jensen, Through Poverty's Lens investigates what poverty is; its connection to the social/emotional development, stress levels, cognitive lag, and health/safety challenges seen in low SES students; how those challenges affect academic success, and; what communities, schools, and teachers can do to improve those students’ academic success and achievement.

In addition to the text, participants will explore current research, the state of poverty in Iowa schools today, and share ideas and information through discussion forums. Assignments are geared towards helping educators improve academic success for low SES students on community, school wide, and classroom levels.

Course Materials/Required Text:
Text: Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do about It (2009) by Eric Jensen
Limited copies are available through AEAs and libraries or may be purchased at local bookstores or on-line.

This is an online class with instructional support for those who have never taken an online class before.    All class assignments can be done on your own time during the duration of the class. 

Class Time Period: Septemer 18 - December 6, 2013
Instructors: Frank Ogden & Candice Benjamin

Payment must be received
prior to the first day of class,
unless you receive approval from ISEA Registrar (Rhonda Plimmer).

If payment is not received before the class begins, you will not be allowed to participate in the class.


Contact Information

  • Please call Rhonda Plimmer at 515-471-8052 for further information.
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