Breaking Barriers for Students Who Live in Poverty

Students living in poverty are the least likely to gain an education.

I know because I was born into migrant labor poverty and dropped out my freshman year of high school. I returned to school at age 26, and 10 years later I achieved my doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Like many students who live in poverty, I had to overcome the belief that education wasn’t for me. Too many children internalize the impact that poverty has on their lives and on their families, leaving them to struggle with strong messages that they are not smart and that they have personal deficiencies. My research shows that educators can make a difference and improve outcomes for these students, particularly when they employ specific teaching and learning theories that focus on developing relationships based on Identification.

In this TeachingPartner Live Workshop, I’ll share five evidence-based best practices you can use right away to identify students struggling in poverty and improve their educational outcomes. In our first session, I’ll share practices that I know first-hand have an immediate difference for students, and I’ll share techniques for adapting these practices for your own students. In our second session, we’ll come together to share how you and other participants have personalized these approaches, and talk through ways in which you can use these practices to continue to support your students as they withstand the crisis of poverty.

Donna Beegle

Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short year... Full Bio