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Poverty, Part 1 {Understanding the Condition of Poverty}

EDUC 600

This course provides educators with the knowledge for understanding the differences between middle-class and poverty and the skills to assist children from poverty in building resiliency.

Very informative class! It helped me understand better my students and parents.  I will use this information in the future." - Karen, Fargo, ND


This course is organized to improve educator effectiveness using several intended outcomes. A range of assigned readings, lectures, class activities, and assignments has been planned to assist in achieving the identified objectives of the course. It is expected that acceptable performance on all of the organized course activities will lead to satisfaction of the following:

  • A Framework for Understanding Poverty
  • Understand economic realities
  • Analyze the eight resources; understand that failure is often related to missing resources
  • Distinguish between the different registers of languages, learn how to assist students in the development of formal register, learn how to utilize story structure when working with some students and their families, and understand mediation.
  • Understand family structure and resulting behavior patterns in generational poverty.
  • Understand the hidden rules of the three economic classes of poverty, middle class and wealth.
  • Understand the importance of relationships to students from poverty and learn ways to help students from poverty create relationships.
  • Understand the advantages of establishing positive relationships with parents.

Required Text:

Payne, Ruby - Framework for Understanding Poverty Book. Please purchased at: ahaProcess.com prior to the first day of class.

"The content of this book is both fascinating & useful!"

- Lynn Bosly, Williston