Poverty in Schools

EDUC 640 Poverty in Schools: Working with At-Risk Students
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Online Course
2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Jamison Patrick 

Summer: June 17 - July 26, 2019
Tuition: $441 per semester hour graduate credit ($882 per course)
Tuition due July 17, 2019

Fall: September 23 - November 1, 2019
Tuition: $452 per semester hour graduate credit ($904 per course)
Fall Tuition Due - October 2019

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

You Will Learn

Strategies, critical steps, and how to measure results when working with young people and their families living in poverty or when transforming high-poverty rural and urban schools including

  • parent involvement
  • mentoring programs
  • data-based intervention
  • community partnerships
  • high expectations

Who Should Enroll

Our students include:

  • Elementary, middle school, and high school educators
  • Special education teachers
  • School counselors
  • School administrators
  • Support staff
  • Individuals working with incarcerated youth outside of traditional K-12 education
  • Individuals working with families in poverty in all settings including church programs, community social services, volunteer organizations
  • Higher education instructors and staff

A must for anyone who wants to improve the lives of families in poverty and improve academic achievement for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 

Course Description

Characteristics and issues facing at-risk students because of economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Traits of high-performing high-poverty schools with emphasis on strategies to reduce the achievement gap and build community partnerships.

How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This course is very popular, and courses fill well before the start date. This course is offered three times each year (spring, summer, and fall).

Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Textbooks

Textbook to Purchase

Gorski, Paul C. (2014). Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap (Multicultural Education). New York, NY: Teachers College Press. ISBN: 978-0807754573

E-Textbook

One additional e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop, an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching with Poverty in Mind. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. ISBN: 978-1416608844

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from amazon.com or ASCD. 

Our Students Say...

"The assignments were eye-opening. This course offered a wealth of information to increase my awareness of circumstances surrounding individuals living in poverty."

The strategies were so relevant to my classroom and our community and the work we are doing as educators."

"I wish that all individuals working in human service related fields were required to take this course. The knowledge I gained is invaluable for my profession as well as my personal growth. GREAT COURSE!"

"All information is current, and the materials used showed different viewpoints and perspectives. The instructor was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and encouraged discussions to promote critical thinking."

No travel to campus - 100% Online
  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.