Denver Teacher Leadership Summit

Building Capacity to Teach Students from Poverty

Teachers should be able to earn an endorsement to specifically teach students from poverty. We can earn certification in special education, ELL and gifted education. Similarly, there should be a certification that focuses on the data and instructional strategies behind teaching students who come from poverty. This should not just be one class, but an entire endorsement. I have taught at schools where most students come from poverty as well a school where most students come from middle-class families. There is a drastic difference in how to approach students in the classroom. Students from poverty have a significant disadvantage in the American education system, especially when they attend a school where a majority of their classmates come from poverty. Let's meet this challenge by educating teachers about the nuances of educating students from a low socioeconomic background.

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Idea No. 256