Poverty in Schools

EDUC 640 Poverty in Schools: Working with At-Risk Students
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Our online Poverty in Schools course will show you ways to improve the lives of families in poverty and improve your students' academic achievements.

Our Poverty in Schools course includes how to:

  • Work with young people and their families living in poverty.
  • Stimulate parent involvement and develop mentoring programs and community partnerships.
  • Measure results with data-based intervention.
  • Build strategies and critical steps for transforming high-poverty rural and urban schools.

We’ll discuss the characteristics and issues facing at-risk students because of economically disadvantaged backgrounds. You’ll learn the traits of high-performing high-poverty schools with an emphasis on strategies to reduce the achievement gap and build community partnerships.

We invite you to enroll in our Poverty in Schools course to meet your professional development goals if you need a license renewal, graduate credits, or just a refresher course.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. 

Online Course
2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Jamison Patrick 

Spring: March 23 - May 1, 2020
Tuition: $452 per semester hour graduate credit ($904 per course)
Spring Tuition Due - March 4, 2020

Our online Poverty in Schools course allows you to complete your weekly assignments as they best fit your schedule. All discussion postings and projects are submitted online.

Our students include:

  • Elementary, middle school, and high school educators
  • Special education teachers
  • School counselors
  • School administrators
  • Support staff
  • Individuals working with incarcerated youth outside of traditional K-12 education
  • Individuals working with families in poverty in all settings including church programs, community social services, volunteer organizations
  • Higher education instructors and staff


How do I register?

Complete the Online Registration Form.

UW-Stout reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

If you need a copy of the syllabus for your employer to approve enrollment in the class, email: Online Professional Development or call 715-642-0209.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy


Textbook to purchase:

Gorski, Paul C. (2014). Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap (Multicultural Education). New York, NY: Teachers College Press. ISBN: 978-0807754573

An e-textbook will be provided when you log in to the course. You may open the e-textbook to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Jensen, E. (2009). Teaching with Poverty in Mind. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. ISBN: 978-1416608844

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from amazon.com or ASCD. 

Our Students Say...

"The assignments were eye-opening. This course offered a wealth of information to increase my awareness of circumstances surrounding individuals living in poverty."

“The strategies were so relevant to my classroom and our community and the work we are doing as educators."

"I wish that all individuals working in human service related fields were required to take this course. The knowledge I gained is invaluable for my profession as well as my personal growth. GREAT COURSE!"

"All information is current, and the materials used showed different viewpoints and perspectives. The instructor was very knowledgeable about the subject matter and encouraged discussions to promote critical thinking."