Teaching Students from Poverty Workshop Held at Walker Elementary School

A teacher workshop on Teaching Students from Poverty, Children of Poverty:  The What, the Why, and the How, was conducted at Walker Elementary School.  Approximately 25 staff members from Walker, including Instructional Coach Lori Wagner and Principal Lorna Carnley, were in attendance.  Also in attendance was the Principal from Bob Sikes Elementary Victoria Hayden, teacher Tammie Portillo from Davidson Middle, teacher Nita Springle from Baker Elementary, and Pat Ell from the Title X Department. 

The books Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen and A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne were previewed.  The books were provided for all the participants under the Title I School Improvement Grant.  Teaching strategies and research regarding cognitive development and behavior related to poverty were discussed.  Attendees participated in active learning experiences to develop a better understanding of students who are from poverty.  Teachers worked collaboratively to identify ways to best meet the learning needs of these students to increase academic performance and long term success.  Teachers were very excited about what they learned and shared their intent on putting in place many ideas shared at the workshop.