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
If payment is not received before the class begins, you will not be allowed to participate in the class.
All cancellations must be received in writing or electronically 3 days prior to class starting. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date. ISEA reserves the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be returned. If we are forced to cancel a course for reasons beyond our control, it will be rescheduled for a later date. If you cannot attend on the rescheduled date, you will receive a full refund. If, for any reason, the course is not held, ISEA will refund the registration fee paid.