Addressing Economically Disadvantaged Student Needs in the 21st Century
"We cannot change where our students come from, but we can change where they go."
The rise in poverty across the state and county is reflected in a persistent achievement gap for our economically disadvantaged students. The Instructional Support Staff at CiTi supports a major regional initiative to inform and assist CNY school district staff & teams in understanding the effects of poverty on brain development, social skills & strategies, cognition and learning. Most school districts have a good grasp on their free and reduced lunch rate percentages, but beyond that, very few districts have systematically implemented the actions necessary to level the playing field between non-economically disadvantaged students and those who are economically disadvantaged.
The ISS Team offers two key components in support of this initiative:
- A Poverty Simulation ~ Participants assume the role of a person living in poverty while trying to meet all financial obligations, insure that their children attend school regularly, maintain a steady state of employment, and provide the needed services in order to keep their family safe and healthy. We also ask that district staff assist in filling the service roles. This simulation, including a facilitated debriefing session, is approximately 2 1/2 hours long.
- Instructional Strategies & Mindset ~ A follow up training specifically focused on the brain research and strategies that are known to positively impact learning for economically disadvantaged students. This is a full day training.
Please contact us to schedule a simulation and training for your staff.