NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Poverty, Part 1 {Understanding the Condition of Poverty}

EDUC 600




Instructor: Pat Anderson

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 03, 2015 - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meet Monday, August 3 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.} & Tuesday, August 4 {9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon} + independent hrs. with course completion August 18, 2015

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: E M Lebedeff Hall, Rm 378

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $110

Course Description:

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.


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 and Workbook. Please purchased at: ahaProcess.com prior to the first day of class.

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

- Lynn Bosly, Williston

About The Instructor

Pat Anderson

Pat Anderson has 43+ years of teaching experience and is a certified trainer for the Dr. Ruby Payne "Framework for Understanding Poverty" courses.

Special Instructions:

Prerequisite to Framework for Understanding Poverty, Part 2

Parking Passes:  If you have not registered by July 23rd, we will be unable to purchase permits for you.

**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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