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.
Idea No. 256