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Facilitating change within schools

WALKERTOWN, N.C. — School isn’t in session yet, but hundreds of educators with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System are already hard at work. Everyone gathered at Walkertown High School is participating in the 2nd Annual Collaborative Learning Conference.

Keynote Speaker Eric Jensen’s message focused on facilitating change within schools and helping the most vulnerable population-students living in poverty- succeed. “My message to teachers is you have far more influence than you think you do, and working with students from poverty can actually be meaningful and even joyful once you have the skillset that can make it all happen,” Jensen said.

“Kids really learn when you bring it to life for them,” Craps said. “We spend so much time teaching the outside world from the inside and being immersed in it for 9 days really helped me realize that I need to take my students outside into the natural world to let them learn about what`s out there, and to explore and let them be curious.”

1,200 staff members attended the conference over a two-day period in early August.

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Professional Development for Teachers

Sometimes readers like you (or I) TRY SO HARD to make changes, then, something simple comes along that seems to make it appear to be so much easier.

Whether you attended my June or July sessions this summer, or ANY other professional development in the last two months, this article is for you. This issue speaks to the power of one or two persons who can make an amazing difference in a school. Yes, that’s all it took to start good things at this high poverty school.

You want to know WHAT they did and HOW they did it? (more…)

Dicover How Poverty Changes a Child’s Brain and Ability to Learn

poverty-new-realityPoverty’s Effect on Working Memory

Article from Scientific Learning

If you have a student who simply doesn’t respond well to your directions, listen up.

The student may have weak working memory, a skill that cognition experts say we should be increasingly concerned about because it’s a leading predictor of poor academic success. Eric Jensen, Ph.D., an educator, author and human development specialist who studies brain cognition, says students who appear not to be trying hard enough may see dramatic improvement when we focus on cognitive skills.

Educators, he says, can actually improve cognitive capacity, specifically, working memory and even IQ by using relevant teaching strategies. “DNA is not your destiny”, he adds, saying that students from poverty do not need to repeat their parents’ lack of educational success.  (more…)

Adopt Mindsets That Break Through the Poverty Barrier

PSRT Vol 1 CvrIn Eric Jensen’s latest book, you’ll discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty. Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes.

  • Understand the urgency of poverty in the United States.
  • Adopt four powerful mindsets to bring change.
  • Build effective relationships with students, and help them see achievement as a reachable target.
  • Create a welcoming classroom climate where all students love to learn and are engaged for success.

In teaching, you have to believe that every single student can improve a great deal and that you’re willing and able to make it happen. You have to believe that you are the biggest difference maker in each student’s life.” —Poor Students, Rich Teaching

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How Poverty Impacts Education

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Education reform has been a hot topic in recent years, and leaders across the political spectrum have championed measures such as increased testing and results-based evaluation of teachers and school districts. But one of the most pervasive problems affecting public schools is rarely discussed as an education issue at all. With the recent news that a majority of K-12 students in the Southern and Western United States now live in low-income households, it is time to take a serious look at how poverty affects education.

10 surprising facts about how poverty affects academic success and what can be done to counteract its effects.

For Poverty Awareness Month, Scientific Learning has compiled facts about poverty… Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about poverty and its impact on children in our schools: Click here to read more.

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Reduce the Wintertime Blues

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Want a Secret on How to Reduce the Wintertime Blues?

When the daylight hours get shorter, there’s a tendency to become less active. Sometimes we get more stressed, maybe we put on some weight and even get a bit cranky. But there’s a simple antidote to the “Wintertime Blues”.

The Research on How to Remove the Blues

Here’s a quick update on a powerful strategy you can do in the classroom. I do an update on this topic every couple of years because I am so passionate about it. (more…)

How to Get the Brains of Your Students to Change

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I am on a mission to help more educators become extraordinary this year. In this article, you will get an insight into how our brain works. Stay a learner for a moment and we can help you achieve the best professional year of your life.

Today, we will lock down one of the most core understandings about the human brain: how to get it to change. Let’s learn how to do this right. The reason you may care about this is because… (more…)

The Most Dangerous ‘Moat’ in 800 years

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Why You Might Be Very Concerned About America’s  Economy…

(and What You Can Do to Protect Yourself)

The true story of the most dangerous “moat” threat in 800 years

 Eric Jensen here.

As you know, I did my dissertation on poverty and have become quite interested in the economics of poverty.

I am writing you because I see a threat to your lifestyle and if our roles were reversed, I would like you to tell me about it.

This letter may be a bit uncomfortable to read. If it is, just put it down or delete it. But I will tell you that everything in this is true.

This does not mean there are no alternative narratives about this problem. Yes, there are other, more optimistic scenarios. But I think (and many others much smarter than me) I might (unfortunately) be right about this one. (more…)

Why Your Secret Bias Matters in the Classroom

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How to Have the Best Year of Your Professional Life

The word “explicit” means overt, obvious, known and spoken. Implicit means implied, insinuated, tacit and not said. Our biases have been known to show up in our classrooms in study after study. Surprisingly, most teachers claim they are NOT biased. This month, you’ll see how to recognize your biases and why you should alter them. You will get a critical insight and strategy for high-performance teaching. Stay a learner and you can turn this into the best year of your professional life. Let’s start with an awesome process for success. (more…)

Can You Raise Test Scores in 12 Minutes?

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(Yes, if you know how)

In a recent study, the mean reading comprehension score of low-income adolescents who engaged in 12 minutes of (doing what?) was higher than the mean reading comprehension score of low-income adolescents in the control group. Not a little bit higher, but MUCH higher!

The most amazing part of this intervention was that it was easily replicated, verifiable and very low cost. What was it? (more…)

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