Course Description

Combining two excellect texts, "Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind" and "Intelligence and How to Get it", this course follows up on the best-selling text, "Teaching with Poverty in Mind". For educators who wanted to know more about how to help in schools struggling with class and racial gaps to promote academic achievement, this course offers purposeful and engaging strategies that educators can use to expand students' cognitive capacity, increase motivation and effort, and build a deep, enduring understanding of content. Teachers can use instructional time more effectively and empower students to take ownership of their learning, with steps to create an exciting yet realistic implementation plan. Contrary to the belief that intelligence is predetermined, and impervious to culture, intelligence is principally determined by societal influences, and can be changed.


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: Raising Intelligence and Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind
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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:

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement by Eric P Jensen, ASCD, ISBN: 978-1416615729

Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count by Richard E. Nisbett, W.W. Norton & Company, ISBN: 978-0393337693

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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