Course Description

This course explains why some boys struggle in school, and how educators can effectively intervene without jeopardizing the achievement of other, more successful learners of both genders. Drawing from large-scale studies, contemporary insights on social and learning-style factors, lesson plans, and anecdotes from real teachers, the course equips educators with a flexible and practical framework for addressing the needs of struggling male students. The course focuses on the following: replacing underachieving boys' negative attitudes about learning; reconnecting boys to school, learning, and believing in being a competent learner; rebuilding learning skills that lead to success in school and in life; and reducing the need for unproductive and distracting behaviors as a means of self-protection. The author provides solutions that focus on academic success, contribute to positive school experience, enhance competence and persistence, and arranging the classroom to enhance success.


A link to the Armchair Ed course assignments and exams will be included in the registration confirmation and receipt email that will be automatically sent to students immediately upon completion of the registration process. Any required textbooks must be purchased separately.

The link can also be accessed after enrollment by logging into the Student Portal and clicking the link listed under View Online Resources.

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Section Title
Book Study: Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $425.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Teaching Boys Who Struggle in School by Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, ASCD, ISBN: 978-1416611509

Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with ArmchairEd.

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.


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