Course Description

Poor Students Richer Teaching: Mindsets that Raise Student Achievement offers effective, research-based instructional strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, graduate from high school as college or career ready. The course examines the power of mindset as an instrument for change, detailing the necessary but difficult work to positively impact students from poverty.   Three powerful mindsets to raise student achievement are presented: 1) the positivity mindset; 2) the enrichment mindset, and 3) the graduation mindset.  K-12 educators will understand the implications of poverty in education, use the three mindsets to strengthen students’ attitudes on academic optimism, build students’ cognitive capacity, equip students with skills to be college or career ready, and will design effective lessons using strategic lesson-planning tools.


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: Poor Students, Richer Teaching: Mindsets that Raise Student Achievement
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $250.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

Must be Purchased Separately:

Poor Students Richer Teaching: Mindsets that Raise Student Achievement (Jensen, E., 2017).  Solution Tree

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: Withdrawal requests 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 at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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