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 Students in Poverty


Students in poverty are more than twice as likely to be below grade level in reading and four times as likely to drop out prior to graduation.


Any High-Poverty School Can Become High Performing


Team Based Thinking

What it is like to be a child in poverty

How the Teen Brain Learns

Educational Structuring to Support

Family Engagement

Selecting and Training Teachers

Student Relationships

Resources to Engage Impoverished students

  • Mentorship Partnerships

    • Connect with families by providing basic needs



  • Student-led conferences


Home visits and the power of Respect

Community Engagement

  • Take learning outside of the school walls

    • Give tours of the neighborhood (talk about knowing where and how to go.


  • Give back to the community

    • Make soup at the school and deliver to hospice patients

  • Student-led conferences

  • Build physician offices attached to the school


Recouping Instructional Loss

1.  Ensure excellent literacy instruction in Kindergarten:

Orton Gillingham / All day Kindergarten


2.  Intervene early:

OT/ SLP small group intervention specialist coteaching support 


3.  Summer School: Avoid summer reading loss


4.  Provide Targeted Intervention:


4.  Organize instructional time: team study hall period.  

  • Exit cards for quiet study hall for students with no missing assignments

  • Individualized tutoring support in small group for struggling students

Building Relationships in the Classroom

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