Why Poverty Matters
...and why schools can matter more!
What is Poverty and why it matters?
Key resources needed for success may be financial, spiritual, cognitive, physical, emotional, and social. Students who live with limited resources may need unique supports in order to reveal often-hidden potential. Educators who understand the potential impacts and are ready with specific strategies will be better able to help every student achieve at high levels.
Session 1: Building Relationships
Session 2: Decrease Stress
Session 3: Increase Status
Status precludes the ability to learn; it impacts a student's ability to cognitively focus. Students need to feel noticed, valued, appreciated and have a sense of belonging in order for learning to take place. Increased status changes brain chemistry by increasing dopamine which improves mood and motivation.
Key Status Questions
- Do I feel safe at school?
- Do I belong or fit in with others?
- What is my status with others?
Who has status?
- Popular students
- Smart students
- Members of a student group
- Students valued by teachers
- Drug use
- Gang affiliation
- Disruptive or attention-seeking behavior
- Teen pregnancy