Course Description

This course takes an in-depth look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States. It demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students. Although chronic exposure to poverty can result in detrimental changes to the brain, the brain's very ability to adapt from experience means that poor children can also experience emotional, social, and academic success. A brain susceptible to adverse environmental effects is equally vulnerable to the positive effects of rich, balanced learning environments and caring relationships that build students' resilience, self-esteem, and character. The course defines poverty and how it affects students at school, and describes how to drive change at the macro (within schools and districts) and micro levels (inside a student's brain). Effective and proven strategies to replicate best practices, and engage resources to create change are also described.


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 with Poverty in Mind
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Delivery Options
Distance Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $305.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and what Schools Can Do About It by Eric Jensen, ASCD, ISBN: 978-1416608844

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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