Changing Minds to Address Poverty in the Classroom

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Changing Minds to Address Poverty in the Classroom



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Educators are faced with new challenges as the number of students living in poverty increases across the country. These challenges raise several questions and concerns for schools: How do you support the academic achievement of students who have not eaten? Who do not know where they are going to sleep? Who have responsibilities that far exceed their age? 
Based on the work of Eric Jensen, this course provides background on the effects of poverty on learning in the classroom. The course moves beyond theory and provides practical classroom strategies tied to seven essential mindsets for the successful education of all students, especially those who are at-risk. Explore your own mindset, as well as how you convey that mindset to students through thoughtful and reflective activities and questioning. While identifying strategies to foster mindsets in your students, you will build an action plan to begin using these skills in your classroom immediately. Join this course to electrify the learning and empower students living in poverty with what they need to succeed in your classroom and in life.

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With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.