NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

Teachers Understanding Student Poverty

EDUC 600

Course participants will read the text A Framework for Understanding Student Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.  This course is designed for teachers and staff working with children in preschool through high school.  Course participants will become aware of poverty definitions, issues, and appropriate interventions as addressed in the text. Assignments will include interviews, journal reviews, related lesson plan development, critical thinking, evaluations of community resources, goal setting, and website evaluation.  This course will challenge educators to look seriously at their students, schools, and resources for servicing children of poverty.

Goals & Objectives:

As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  1. Use appropriate interventions with students of poverty.
  2. Examine current teaching situation and address the needs of the students.
  3. Define resources as it relates to poverty.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the chapters read through written response.


The required text is:

A Framework for Understanding Student Poverty by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

  1. URL:  childrensdefense.org/
  2. URL: http://rethinkingschools.org