Course DescriptionThis 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.