NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Teachers Understanding Student Poverty

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sandra Opheim

Grading: Letter or S/U

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $320

Course Description:

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

About The Instructor

Sandra Opheim
Sandra Opheim earned an M.S. in Elementary Education from St. Mary's University. Her B.S. in Elementary Education is from the University of Minnesota. Sandra also has her Middle School Licensure in English from Bemidji State University. Sandra has over 18 years of experience teaching elementary education. She is the author of "Whose Hat is That?" published in 2004 and has also published articles in the Lake Country Journal Magazine and Her Voice Magazine.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU graduate credit however textbook is not included.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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