Course Syllabus

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This is a fast paced and simple format of an online book study course designed for the busy educator/parent. Our course this is not meant to be an exhaustive study of poverty, the brain, nor all of the classroom, district, and student solutions.  Nor is this course a full review of all topics surrounding poverty in our schools, communities,  and in our students' lives.  However, this class' merits and relevance stand in part on your shoulders as a fully engaged online participant; reading, sharing, and interacting with your fellow participants. You will need to check into this online course 5 days per week.  Things always happen in our lives that can interfere with your full participation in this online experience.  But if you do not check-in online daily, postings will go unread, and participants will not have your responses to their hard work, and as a result it can impede them from learning from you as well. 

Each week for six weeks and a half there is 1 to 2 short assignments in the form of a discussion posting or short research on a topic related to poverty in schools. You should not be spending any more than 1.5 hours per week on assignments.  Please remember that the actual reading of the book does NOT count toward your earned clock hours.  Participating in 2 webinars, one is required live attendance.  The other(s) webinar you may watch the recording and respond in the class discussion online.  Writing, researching, discussing others' postings, and all in the context of interacting online, that is what you do as a fully engaged online student participant.  It is a challenge to BE a teacher and then to act in this course as a student, but you are a professional and we have confidence in your abilities.  It is a fine line to walk you can do it.  Finally an online log MUST be turned in when you have completed this short course.  There is a template for that located in the 'files' tab on the right. You should email that template fill out and signed to or You may have to scan it and email, or drop it off in person.

We cannot not emphasize enough that this experience of online work is as fun or as interesting as you make it.  Dr. Eric Jensen has given us this great outline of our topic in this book. There are many pathways and tunnels off of the book that you may take to inform yourself or your staff better.  Whatever the pathway or branch you take, share it with our class.  This is what makes the online experience interesting and engaging.  You share your learning and we share ours, if you do plan and carry out even a short presentation to your staff about this book, please enter that time in the log and share your presentation with the class at the wiki.  We have given you some additional structure but you carry the water in terms of providing the ingredients that MAKE the class a success for yourself and others.


In summary this book study is 6 weeks in length.  We estimate a maximum of 1.5 hours per week of work.  Login to this online book study environment 5 days per week, every week for six weeks.  Logging in will ensure you don't miss anyone's comment, thoughts, or insights, and that we don't miss yours.  Participate in at least one webinar live if possible. Watch the recording of the other and comment on it in the appropriate discussion area. Finally please email your completed online log of activities with each hour identified that were outside of the online course, e.g. webinar participation or PD work with your staff, or parent night work etc that is prompted by your reading and takes place during this course session.


Finally what is the purpose of this type of professional development experience for the participant (you)?

To inform, increase understanding, and assist in improving your understanding of your students' backgrounds, stressors, and/or challenges they face.

Assist in contributing to you becoming a better teacher, counselor, administrator, or mentor.

Assist in the improvement of the practice of your craft of teaching.


Provide information and  ideas to improve classroom or even school culture.


Our Learning Targets include:


  • Learn about the brains of economically disadvantaged youth, and how to recognize the signs of chronic stress caused by poverty.
  • Learn to identify key methods and practices the have been proven successful by others.
  • Learn to be comfortable & relaxed as a participant inside of the Canvas Learning Management System (this is a pleasant by-product)
  • Learn which classroom-level strategy can lead to success for your students ( S.H.A.R.E. & C.H.A.M.P.S.)







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