Eric’s Latest Book: Poor Students, Rich Teaching, (Revised)

This fresh new book solves two important problems for every educator. First, it connects mindsets (of the teacher, not the student) to their teaching. This is powerful because highly effective teachers (those with more than one year of academic gains in a calendar year) will consistently outperform peers (those with the ineffective mindsets).

Second, it is the compilation of TWO books, so the book is strategy-packed and highly relevant for those who grow up in poverty.  You will get every critical issue addressed with tools you can use the very next day.

As you read this powerful book on poverty, you’ll learn many of the common issues that the poor face. They include chronic stress (which is why I have mind-bending chapters on optimism, relationships, hope, freedom, autonomy and choice).

The poor also face cognitive differences; they may be street smart, but struggle with the academic demands.  You’ll learn how to build the  “academic brain” (thinking, reasoning, memory, learn to learn and processing skills). Plus, you’ll get a powerful chapter on why you may want to manage the student’s “cognitive load.”

Finally, many poor deal with emotional issues that can be paralyzing. Emotions can be taught; learn which ones are hard-wired in our DNA and which ones should be taught every day. That’s why you’ll see chapters on changing the emotional set point (which has tools to reduce the adverse emotional states).

  • Get instant motivation and engagement with nearly EVERY student!
  • Learn the inside tools for fast relationship builders
  • Relish in the secrets to build cognitive capacity in high leverage ways

YES, the book is more expensive than many others. YES, it is the compilation and “Best of” two previous books of mine. YES, it is the equivalent of getting TWO books at once.

You’re going to LOVE this book.

Motivate students to learn in the face of poverty using mindsets in the classroom:

  • Understand the urgency of poverty in the United States and how poverty affects education, student engagement, and academic achievement.
  • Learn how creating a positive school culture and a growth mindset for students can be beneficial in overcoming adversity.
  • Gain seven high-impact mindsets that bring change: the relational mindset, achievement mindset, rich classroom climate mindset, engagement mindset, positivity mindset, enrichment mindset, and graduation mindset.
  • Build effective teacher-student relationships, and help students see college and career readiness as a reachable target.
  • Create a welcoming classroom climate where all students love to learn, and drive student engagement, motivation, and success.

Part One: Why the Relational Mindset? 

Chapter 1: Personalize the Learning
Chapter 2: Connect Everyone for Success
Chapter 3: Show Empathy
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Relational Mindset

Part Two: Why the Achievement Mindset?
Chapter 4: Set Gutsy Goals
Chapter 5: Give Fabulous Feedback
Chapter 6: Persist With Grit
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Achievement Mindset

Part Three: Why the Positivity Mindset?
Chapter 7: Boost Optimism and Hope
Chapter 8: Build Positive Attitudes
Chapter 9: Change the Emotional Set Point
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Positivity Mindset

Part Four: Why the Rich Classroom Climate Mindset?
Chapter 10: Engage Voice and Vision
Chapter 11: Set Safe Classroom Norms
Chapter 12: Foster Academic Optimism
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Rich Classroom Climate Mindset

Part Five: Why the Enrichment Mindset?
Chapter 13: Manage the Cognitive Load
Chapter 14: Develop Better Thinking Skills
Chapter 15: Enhance Study Skills and Vocabulary
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Enrichment Mindset

Part Six: Why the Engagement Mindset?
Chapter 16: Engage for Maintenance and Stress
Chapter 17: Engage for Setup and Buy-In
Chapter 18: Engage to Build Community
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Engagement Mindset

Part Seven: Why the Graduation Mindset?
Chapter 19: Support Alternative Solutions
Chapter 20: Prepare for College and Careers
Parting Wisdom: Lock in the Graduation Mindset

Also available:

The Handbook for Poor Students, Rich Teaching, (Revised)

This  complementary handbook that helps foster the answers to, “Why are we doing this?” as well as the “How specifically do we make this happen?”

It is a rich, treasure trove of insights, hacks and solutions to the implementation of the work in a teacher’s daily classroom. You get countless free, downloadable reproducibles, plus ideas for book studies and short, valuable and relevant assignments that make the magic happen. Teachers love to have a companion for supporting their ideas and strategies and this new book partner is just what the “Learning doctor” prescribes. Buy these two books together and get ready for some results that get everyone excited and motivated to go the extra step.


“Poverty is real, but it does not have to be an insurmountable obstacle to academic excellence. This handbook is research-based, comprehensive, and practical. Any educator serving students of poverty must have this book!”

Anthony Muhammad, author and educational consultant

The Handbook for Poor Students, Rich Teaching is set up to easily chunk staff learning for professional development, providing countless opportunities for immediate implementation while also continuing to learn. It is stacked with practical tools and opportunities for reflection on current and future practices. I am ready to buy a copy for each of my staff members!”

Jacqueline Wyant, principal, Marshalltown High School, Iowa

The Handbook for Poor Students, Rich Teaching is the perfect companion book to Poor Students, Rich Teaching. It includes research-based instructional practices that are doable, meaningful, and measurable. It offers many examples to illustrate self-reflective thinking and goal-setting, as well as creative ideas to use with students to inspire and engage them in shaping their own mindsets. It is also an excellent tool to use with colleagues as you collaborate to better understand what is necessary to create empathic classrooms for those students who most need our love and support.”

Kathleen Kryza, international educational consultant, coach, and author