Teaching Children of Poverty: Why Culture Counts

Course Description:

This course will help educators, parents and professionals understand the complex challenges that poverty imposes on children’s capacity to learn and provides strategies for differentiating classroom instruction and providing opportunities to inspire and engage these students. Our schools are becoming more and more diverse, and educators are faced with economic, cultural and linguistic challenges in the classroom.  Topics on race, culture, diversity and poverty and the complexity of achievement gaps among racial and socioeconomic groups will be discussed.  An examination of the teacher’s own culture and its impact on student learning will be explored.  Finally, educators will learn to use tools and resources to foster and build resilience.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid course, meaning that for two weekends (at the beginning and end of the course), students will meet with the professor in person at a location above.  This course will run for 10 weeks. In between sessions, students will be in contact with the professor once weekly online.

“When there is an environment of learning, one demonstrating that all students can really achieve beyond mediocrity, then everyone benefits. Differentiating instruction for all students forces the standard to rise: Students find themselves doing more, and teachers find themselves raising the bar and preparing for success.”  —  Rosilyn M. Carroll, Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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