Volunteering with Poverty in Mind – Online Self-Paced Training
September 3, 2019 - June 1, 2020
A 6-hour self-paced course for all volunteers. To access this course, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a volunteer, you can play an integral transformational role in a child’s life. The information for this course is taken directly from author and educator Eric Jensen’s book, “Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.”
“If life experiences can change poor kids for the worse, can’t life experiences change also change them for the better?” Eric Jensen
Researcher, Eric Jensen makes three claims:
Chronic exposure to poverty causes the brain to physically change in a detrimental manner.
Because the brain is designed to adapt from experience, it can also change for the better. In other words, poor children can experience emotional, social, and academic success.
Although many factors affect academic success, certain key ones are especially effective in turning around students raised in poverty.
In this course, we will review some aspects of Jensen’s research that can be applied to volunteers assisting in schools.
To obtain a copy of the book, google: Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching With Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.