NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

In the Face of Poverty

EDUC 792 or 600




Instructor: Dr. Larry Napoleon

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: Course is available either online or print-based, ,

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $390

Partner Class Offered Through Learner's Edge

Course Description:

This course will provide real-world support and guidance in your work with students in poverty. Improve your effectiveness by learning the "hidden rules" of poverty, poverty-related behavior, and appropriate interventions. Explore practical yet compassionate strategies for addressing poverty and its impact on your students' lives.


1.  The participant shall understand the difference between formal register and casual register, why each is used, and when each is appropriate.

2.  The participant shall learn the hidden rules of poverty.

3.  The participant shall learn how school processes, rules, and procedures can
      inadvertently exclude students in poverty.

4.  The participant shall examine his/her own classroom/school policies and determine
     which tend to exclude students in poverty.

5.  The participant will design an action plan to improve the areas identified in #4, in
     order to more fully include and welcome all students.


Required reading for the course includes the following text:
Payne, R. (2005).  A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highlands, TX: aha! Process, Inc.

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